Sindh assembly passes LG bill, amid MQM boycott

Karachi: Sindh assembly here Monday unanimously passed Govt Bill No 25 of 2014, The Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 amid boycott of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Minister for parliamentary affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro tabled the bill which was passed unanimously. Two more bills, Bill No 19/ 2014 The Sindh Workers Welfare Fund Bill 2014 and Bill No 26/ 2014 The Dow University of Health Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2014, were also the agenda by they were deferred to next session on the request of Sikandar Mandhro.

In the beginning of the proceedings after Fateha MQM Parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed stood sides as their party has decided to part ways from the PPPP. He told the speaker that they have already submitted a written application in this regard. The speaker assured him that he would decide the application as per rules. Syed Sardar Ahmed in his speech told the reasons why their party decided to leave the government.

Later, MQM PMA Khuwaja Izharul Hassan stood and delivered a long speech, bitterly criticizing the PPPP and their policies. He alleged that the urban areas of Sindh were being ignored. At the end his speech the MQM members boycotted the session as their protest against the government.

Later, PPPP ministers Sharjeel Inam Memon, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro delivered long speeches and defended their party. Then stood Mahtab Akbar Rashidi of PML-F and criticized both the PPPP and MQM. Finally, chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah stood and also delivered a long speech defending his policies and criticizing the MQM.

The house passed five resolutions unanimously. Khairunnisa Mughal (PPPP) and others tabled a resolution to congratulates Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on his formal debut in October 18, 2014 massive rally. PPPP members also delivered long and emotional speeches on their resolution which was adopted by the house.

The House also passed a resolution of Nusrat Bano Seher Abbasi (PML-F) and others to condemns the Indian army attack on the civilian areas of Pakistan and pays tributes to Pak Army.

A resolution of Mahtab Akbar Rashdi (PML-F) and Dr Sikandar Mandhro was passed unanimously that the assembly resolves that government should establish Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo Bureau of Translation at the earliest.

The house passed a resolution of Syed Nasir Hussain Shah (PPPP) that this assembly recommends to Sindh government to approach federal govt to raise support price of cotton and rice.

This House congratulated Malala Yousafzai on being awarded Nobel Prize. A resolution in this regard was tabled by Iram Khalid (PPPP) and passed unanimously.

Fayyaz Ali Butt (PPPP) raised a Privilege Motion that he made several phone calls to Senior Member of Board of Revenue Sindh Malik Israr but he did not respond. Minister of parliamentary affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro requested the mover to give him two days to probe into the issue. The mover agreed to this suggestion.

Lastly, the chair adjourned the house till Tuesday 10:00am.

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