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Sindh Assembly adopts five resolutions amid low attendance

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Published: January 24, 2017 05:12 pm

ISLAMABAD:  The Sindh Assembly adopted five private resolutions amidst low attendance of lawmakers as most of them were on the governance issue.

During the fifth sitting of 29th session, the House observed presence of 23 percent (38 out of 168 lawmakers) in the beginning and 21 percent  (36 lawmakers) at the end.  The proceedings started an hour and 30 minutes behind its scheduled time of 1000 hours and the House adopted five resolutions.

These resolutions were related to launch awareness campaigns about registration of women in the forthcoming census, control illegal trade of weapons, installation of fare meters in rickshaws and cabs;  measures to curb child begging as well as child labour and check sea intrusion along Sindh coastline.

A PPPP lawmaker Ghazala Siyal introduced the Etihad University Bill, 2017 in the House while another motion moved by MQM lawmakers to introduce the Malir Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was rejected by the Chair.

Leaving most of agenda unaddressed during Private Members Day has become a norm of Provincial Assembly as the House once again did not take up a standing committee report, five private motions, and 23 motions to amend the Assembly Rules, which appeared on ‘Orders of the Day’ of the House.

Moreover, three out of 16 Starred Questions were taken up and responded to by the relevant ministers. The lawmakers also asked 22 Supplementary Questions.

The House also witnessed two incidents of protest during the sitting. An MQM female lawmaker Heer Soho staged a token protest against the Chair for not allowing her to table a Private Member’s Bill while lawmakers belonging to MQM protested for two minutes against the PTI lawmaker Khuram Sher Zaman for highlighting the issue of recovery of weapons from sector and unit offices of MQM.

Later, the Chair adjourned the House to meet again on January 25, 2017 (Wednesday) at 1000 hours.

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