KARACHI - Sindh Assembly on Wednesday continued to debate on Rs1.713 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2022-23, amidst lack of interest from both sides of the aisle as hardly 30 percent lawmakers attended the session on the third day of discussion. The lawmakers of both sides kept addressing the empty chairs through-out the sitting.

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Opposition Leader Haleem Adil Sheikh also did not turn up in the first three days of the debate. While most of the ministers and parliamentary leaders of major parties includ-ing Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Grand Democratic Alliance, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal also remained absent.

When the session was adjourned on Wednesday, only 13 PPP and eight PTI members were present in the house, while the house was depicting deserted look as there were not a single lawmaker of the MQM-P, GDA, TLP and MMA.

MQM-P’s Sadaqat Hussain said that Orangi Town was the highest popu-lated area in the city, yet it did not have basic civic facilities such as wa-ter supply and sewerage system.

He said that there was only one private sector hospital in the area to ca-ter population of 2.5 million. He deplored the shortage of potable water in his constituency and said that water was not being supplied in the neighbourhood despite high level of water in Hub Dam.

Rabia Azfar Nizami of the PTI said that more than 6.2 million children were still out of schools across the province, while nearly 1.7 million children were forced to bonded labour by influential landlords and wad-eras. She said that over 100,000 children were forced into begging as there was no effective anti-baggary law in the province. PPP’s Faqir Sher Muhammad welcomed the budget saying that it was the best budget in the given circumstances. The PPP lawmaker also wel-comed a proposed water scheme at Nabisar to supply water to Thar Coal Field and demanded to establish a water reservior to provide water to over 20 villages in the area. PPP’s Heer Soho, Shah Hussain Shah Sheerazi, Aijaz Shah Bukhari, An-thony Naveed, GDA’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi and Naseem Rajper, PTI’s Jamaluddin Siddiqui, Arsalan Taj, Rabistan Khan and MQM-P Adeel Shah-zad, Ghulam Jeelani and Muhammad Abbas Jafferi also spoke.

Sindh Assembly continues debate on Rs1.713 trillion budget for third consecutive day