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Sindh PA legislates for protection of Minority Rights during 28th session 

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Published: December 5, 2016 12:31 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed three bills including the legislation to protect minority rights by imposing restrictions on underage conversion of the religion amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 28th session.

The demand for implementation on laws passed by the assembly regarding violence against women, passage of law to formulate a commission to address issues of minorities and homage to various political and prominent personalities were the main highlights of the session that comprised nine-sitting was summoned on November 14 and prorogued after fourteen days on November 28, 2016.

The House witnessed the passage of a government and two Private Members’ bills whereas ten legislative proposals (one Private Members’ Bill and nine treasury backed Bills) were also introduced during the session. In addition, a government bill was withdrawn while three legislative proposals were not taken up by the House.

The bills passed by the House included the Sindh Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2015, the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015.

Nine government bills named the Sindh Food Authority Bill, 2016, the Sindh Livestock Breeding Bill, 2016; the Sindh Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016; the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Bill, 2016; the Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Sindh Workers Welfare Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Sindh Employees Social Security (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law, Karachi (Amendment) Bill, 2016 were introduced and referred to the relevant standing committees. One Private Member’s Bill – the Barret Hodgson International University at Karachi (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – appearing on the agenda was referred to the standing committee for further deliberations.

The 28th session was marked by low attendance of lawmakers as on average 40 (23%) members were observed to be present at outset and 55 (32%) at adjournment of the sitting. On average, three minority members attended the session. Each sitting, on average started 55 minutes late and lasted two hours and 20 minutes. The first sitting for four hours was the longest sitting while the fourth sitting was the shortest one which met for 24 minutes.

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