MABAD Members of the National Assembly on Monday expressed their views on the death of Shazia, who was tortured to death in Lahore and asked the Government to enforce the laws strictly to award punishment to the culprits.
Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti moved a resolution expressing solidarity with the family members of Shazia who was tortured to death in Lahore and also expressed the Governments firm resolve to award exemplary punishment to the culprits who had subjected the girl child to maltreatment and torture.
A number of members from both opposition and treasury benches expressed views on the death of Shazia and asked the Government to enforce the laws strictly to control the child labour and award punishment to the culprits who had tortured to death the girl.
The members also praised President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for taking timely action against this inhuman act and hoped that the culprits would be awarded exemplary punishment.
PML(Q) MP, Dr. Attia Anayatullah expressing views on the brutal killing of Shazia, serving as child servant in Lahore, said that had this Parliament passed bills on protection of domestic servants and violence against children, the situation now would have been different and the incidents like Shazias murder could have been contained.She asked the House for early legislation in this regard and demanded a high level probe by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into the related issue of child trafficking and child abuse.
PPP MNA, Nawab Yausaf Talpur once again raised the issue of non-provision of due share of water to Sindh and said that if the PPP Government could not solve this problem which has its bases in Sindh then who would solve this problem.
He said that on a non-perennial Chashma-Jhelum canal, a hydro-power project was being built in violation of the WAA and said that in this way the status of canal would change and it would become perennial.
Responding to the point, Raja Pervez Ashraf said if legislators from Sindh have any objection over IRSA decision on distribution of water they should approach the CCI. He told the federation had nothing to do with distribution of water among the provinces. The IRSA has taken all the decisions in this respect, which was an independent authority. The representation of Sindh in IRSA was more than other provinces, he added.
Meanwhile responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Railways, Afzal Sindhu said that in the past one year only six railways accidents were caused due to the negligence of the department while rest of 83 accidents were due to the level-crossings.
He further said installation of the gates at the level crossings was either job of the provincial governments or the respective district governments and in this connection the department was holding talks with the provincial governments.