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Sindh PA passes bill seeking formation of Minority Commission

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Published: November 17, 2016 08:04 pm


ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Thursday passed a bill to establish commission for protecting the rights of minorities in the province and resolve their grievances on priority basis.

The private member’s bill – the Sindh Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2015 – was tabled by a PML-F lawmaker Nand Kumar during 22nd session on December 22, 2015. The House referred the bill to the Standing Committee on Minority Affairs which, after detailed deliberation, presented its report before the House on Thursday. Under the new legislation, the Sindh Minority Rights Commission will function for promotion and protection of rights of minorities and provide them a platform to get their grievances registered an uplift their socioeconomic status.

Meanwhile, the House referred the Barret Hodgson International University at Karachi (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to the relevant standing committee. The bill was tabled by Syed Sardar Ahmed of MQM. In addition, two Private Members Bills including the Malir Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015 were not taken up by the House.

The House adopted three resolutions during the sitting. The first resolution was tabled by PTI lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman which urged the government to take appropriate action to include Holy Quran as part of the education curriculum. The second resolution, tabled by a PML-N female lawmaker Sorath Thebo, was about ban on black stone and third resolution tabled by PML-F MPA Nusrat Bano paid tributes to Peer Syed Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi. Additionally, two more resolutions appearing on the ‘Orders of the Day’ were not taken up due to the mover’s absence.

The House left 20 motions for amendments to the Rules of Procedure and five Private Motions on various issues unaddressed. Three out of five Starred Questions appearing on the agenda were taken up and responded to by the relevant ministers. The lawmakers also asked 19 Supplementary Questions.

The House rejected an Adjournment Motion as well as a Privilege Motion, sponsored by a PTI lawmaker, Khurram Sher Zaman after being opposed by the government. The Chair adjourned the House to meet again on November 18, 2016 (Friday).

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