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Sindh MPs demand stable public holidays for Minorities

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Published: April 19, 2016 07:05 pm

Sindh Assembly - Parliament Files

ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Tuesday demanded permanent public holidays to non-Muslim community on their religious and cultural festivals.

The House unanimously adopted a private member’s resolution to this effect which was tabled by PML-F lawmaker Nand Kumar. The provincial government demanded to permanently declare the occasions of Holi, Dewali and Easter as public holidays for marginalized community of the Province.

Meanwhile, the House adopted another three resolutions tabled by private members. These resolutions were about establishing city campus of the Model School in Hyderabad, end of unannounced load-shedding and impose ban on import as well as sale and purchase of betel nut and Gutka in the province.

In addition, PML-F lawmaker Syed Muhammad Rashid Shah withdrew his resolution which was about issuing at least three licenses of weapons to each MP for the purpose of his/her personal protection.

A Question of Privilege submitted by PPPP female legislator Rehana Leghari about misbehavior of In-Charge, CIA Sajawal was referred to the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges for further deliberation. In addition, PML-F lawmaker Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh withdrew his adjournment motion for upgradation of schools following an assurance given by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro about it.

The government orally responded to three out of six Starred Questions appearing on the agenda. The lawmakers also asked 18 supplementary questions. The House did not take up five private motions and 22 Motions to amend the Rules of the Assembly that appeared on the list of business. Members spoke on 14 Points of Order consuming 18 minutes of the proceeding. The Chair adjourned the sitting to meet again on April 22, 2016 (Friday).

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