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Sindh PA passes five legislative proposals amid low attendance    

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Published: October 6, 2016 02:28 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed five treasury bills and adopted eight resolutions amid low attendance of lawmakers during its 27th session that comprised eight-sittings from September 21 to September 30, 2016.

The House witnessed the passage of five government bills whereas four legislative proposals were also introduced during the session. The bills passed by the House included the Sindh Sacked Employees’ (Reinstatement) Bill, 2016; the Zulfikarabad Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Sindh Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship Bill, 2015 and the Sindh Mass Transit Authority Bill, 2014.

Three government bills introduced in the House were the Jinnah Sindh Medical University (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Sindh Right to Information Bill, 2016 and the Sindh Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016 while one Private Member’s Bill titled the Barret Hodgson International University at Karachi (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was referred to the relevant committee after introduction.  Another Private Member’s Bill – the Malir Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – appearing on the agenda was not taken up by the House.

Furthermore, the Speaker announced the Governor’s assent to nine previously passed bills during the first sitting of the session.

Additionally, lawmakers tabled 11 resolutions either jointly or individually during the session, of which eight were adopted by the House. In two resolutions, the House condemned the statement of Altaf Hussain against Pakistan and violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir by Indian Army. Two other resolutions were adopted to pay tributes to the martyrs of Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) in 1983 and 1986 and two soldiers of Pakistan Army who embraced martyrdom as a result of Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC).

Four other adopted resolutions demanded to conduct transparent inquiry against the Prime Minister on Panama leaks; take action against K-Electric for excessive billing, load-shedding and other malpractices; establish medico-legal center in private hospitals and declare  Sindhi as national language.  All of eight resolutions adopted by the House were taken up as supplementary agenda.

Similarly, two resolutions to mark Zebra crossing on all major roads and streets of Karachi and upgrade Government College of Technology, Hyderabad as Public Sector University, were not taken up due to the absence of their movers. Another resolution tabled by PTI lawmaker demanding the apex court and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to disqualify the Prime Minister on Panama leaks was rejected by the House.

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