KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly on Monday witnessed trade of allegations between ruling PPP and PTI members over Taliban issue, compelling the chair to defer the resolution to make the issuance of birth certificate and entrance in schools conditional with polio vaccination of children.
The provincial legislature, which met after one and half month recess, also adopted a bill into law by declaring the wall chalking and disfiguring the buildings with punishment of six months imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine.
The session commenced at 11:25a.m with Acting Speaker Shehla Raza in the chair. Parliamentary Secretary to Planning and Development Department Erum Khalid answered most of the supplementary queries.
Nusrat Sehar Abbasi from the opposition benches remarked that despite the minister sitting in the House, other minister is replying to our questions. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro clarified that portfolios of some ministers were changed so the lady member was unaware about it.
The House passed a bill “Prevention of Defacement of Property Bill” into law unanimously, through which all kind of wall chalking/graffiti on the buildings was declared as offence to be punished with six months imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine against the violators.
PPP, MQM, PML-N, PML-F and PTI members supported the law. They suggested the government to further enhance the imprisonment and fine to ensure implementation on it. Opposition leader of MQM Faisal Sabzwari while supporting the step cautioned that the law should not be misused as a tool of victimisation against the opposition parties.
Khuram Sher Zaman of PTI while supporting the bill said no authorities and law had been existed to deal with the unnecessary billboards installed on the main roads.
Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon supported the views of PTI member. He said the KMC and the Cantonment had allowed the companies to put billboards on their conditions. The minister came down hard against the judiciary, saying if he takes action against the billboards, the owners get stay order from the courts. He said the judiciary should stop giving stay order in administrative matters.
The House also witnessed pandemonium and trade of allegations between PTI’s MPA Khurram Sher Zaman and Information Minister Sharjeel Memon over the Taliban issue.
When PTI member Zaman moved a resolution to condemn the attack on the polio vaccination team in January in Qayyumabad area, Karachi, in which three people including two LHVs were killed.
PTI member through his resolution recommended the Sindh government to approach the central government to ensure the polio vaccination all over the country. The issuance of birth certificate and entrance in the schools be made conditional with anti-polio vaccination of children.
He said his party had provided 5,000 volunteers as security to the polio vaccination teams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He announced that he will himself go with the polio vaccination teams in his constituency in Karachi. He advised his colleagues in the House to do the same in their constituencies.
Memon while sitting on his seat pointing fingers to the PTI members raised a demand to take the names of the Taliban and condemned them, who accepted the responsibility of attack on the polio workers in Karachi. The minister’s remark received applause in thumping of desks from the PPP and MQM members.
PTI member said he condemned the attackers whether they were the Taliban or from any other party. “The minister should know that when someone is speaking, he must not interrupt him.”
In the meantime, the chair while giving a ruling that she cannot allow the members to run the House in this manner, announced deferring the resolution. She adjourned the session to meet again on Tuesday (today).
MQM’s deputy parliamentary leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan told the House that government should ensure the security to the MPAs of his party as armed men recently attacked on the vehicle of his party’s MPA Kamran Farooque.
An ordinance to establish Sindh Solid Waste Management Board was laid in the house. MQM’s Sardar Ahmed said he would table a resolution as approval of the ordinance.
On suggestion of the opposition benches, the Parliamentary affairs minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro said that finance department will arrange a briefing about the resources transferred from the Centre under the NFC Award.
Published in The Nation newspaper on 04-Feb-2014