ISLAMABAD - Love for Rohingya Muslims and anti-India fringe in both houses of the Parliament dominated budget debate on Thursday as most of the lawmakers proved to be more experts in war histories than pointing out solid flaws in the budget opposition had deemed to be anti-poor.

Both treasury and opposition benches that traded barbs over what the latter termed as pro-rich budget without suggesting any revision in the yet-to-be-approved financial document, members in National Assembly and Senate seems to be taking least interest in the tricky subject.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who should be the center of criticism for being the man behind budget estimates for 2015-16, is instead the most relaxed member in the house as lawmakers prefer to vent their anger at India for making anti-Pakistan speeches and by beating the war drums.

Lawmakers who are granted permission to take the floor by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq fell short of words when they speak budget but they have a wealth of information when it comes to either sympathizing with Rohingya Mulsims or lambasting Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi for his anti-Pakistan speeches.

“I am not expert in economics but I am sure the budget is not pro-poor.... I must say that India should be given a tit-for-tat response and Modi (Indian Premier) should not forget that we are a nuclear power,” MNA Abdul Waseem of MQM said prompting the speaker to turn his mike off as the lawmaker still had enough words about Pakistan’s capabilities to respond to any foreign aggression.

As both the houses echoed with sharing pains of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar besides deploring India’s anti-Pakistan sentiments, there were few lawmakers including Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan who drew the attention of the house to debate the subject (budget) instead of building war hysteria.

Interestingly, the only member in National Assembly who seriously questioned the financial budget emerged to be PPP MNA Nawab Ali Wassan who too was proven wrong in his criticism when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally took the floor to clarify that not all infrastructure projects were based in Punjab.

In fact, Wassan had accused the government of undertaking all road projects in Punjab and ignoring other provinces triggering Premier Sharif to remind the lawmaker that a network of Motorways also touches Karachi, Gwadar and Peshawar.

Earlier, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was observed approaching parliamentary leaders of each political party for making consensus on a resolution to condemn the fiery speeches of Indian leadership against Pakistan. The resolution was later passed unanimously.

Inside Senate, Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq exploded the intentions of India saying the ‘enemy’ country had burst its evil intentions against Pakistan by confessing its role in breaking Pakistan in the 1971 war.

But Senator Aitzaz Ahsan who was evidently disappointed what he said pro-war rhetoric, cautioned members not to make a war hysteria asserting that media too was over-occupied with giving unnecessary coverage to speeches of Indian leadership against Pakistan.

In an apparent gesture towards Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Ahsan disapproved the action of the minister to lambaste India her speeches against Pakistan. “Our spree of speeches against India will reveal as if we have been terrified,” the Senator said.

“All world leaders including Winston Churchill posed a relaxed look at times of war. We should not take pity speeches so serious,” Ahsan was the only member in Senate who preferred to compete with nations in economy than indulging in war hysteria.

Outside Gate No.1 where private media had been waiting for the lawmakers to come out and express their feelings over what was discussed in the house, lawmakers happily gave enough time to broadcast journalists only to talk anti-India mantra than talking what they had termed anti-poor budget.