Islamabad: The National Assembly resumed discussion on the President’s address to both the Houses of Parliament on 2nd of June this year.
Muhammad Jamal-ud-din highlighted the sufferings of Internally Displaced Persons and demanded that they should be allowed to go back to their homes where the areas, cleared of the terrorists.
Shah Jee Gul Afridi said IDPs rendered great sacrifices for the country by leaving their homes and hearths. He urged the media to play its due role in highlighting the plight of IDPs.
Syed Asif Hasnain demanded conduct of population census and holding of local government elections on priority basis. He said despite operation being carried out in Karachi, incidents of target killings, kidnapping and extortions are on the rise. He also criticized the performance of Sindh Government.
Taking part in the debate Abdul Sattar Bachani appreciated the speech of the President to the parliament. He said the opposition is supporting the government for the cause of democracy. He urged MQM to talk in the interest of the country instead of criticizing the Sindh government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahzadi Umerzadi told the House that gas load management is being carried out due to short fall of two thousand mmcft per day.
Replying to calling attention notice of Sheikh Salah-ud-din and others she said mainly load management is being carried out in the Punjab province. She said textile industry has been provided gas for eight hours daily in Punjab.
She said there is hardly any load management in Sindh. She said no load management of gas is being carried out for domestic and commercial sectors.
However, she said, domestic consumers face problems of gas shortage due to low pressure.
Ejaz Jakhrani on a point of order told the House that legal way will be adopted to hand over thirty three girls to their families who were recovered from a house in Karachi. He said there should be no politics on this issue.
Shahabuddin on a point of order urged the Sindh government to hand over the girls to their families at the earliest. He also staged a token walkout against the attitude of Sindh government in this regard.
The chair directed the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed to look into the matter.
The National Assembly also condoled the demise of Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes with this family.
The twenty-five years Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital where he was admitted after being hit by a ball in a match on Tuesday.