KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad on Tuesday summoned Sindh Assembly session for 03 February 2014. The session was summoned after a gap of more than one month. The last assembly session was held on 20 December 2013 for couple of hours on the request of the opposition parties.
The assembly is the main forum for lawmakers to hold debate on the problems being faced by the lawmakers and their constituencies. It is mandatory for the assembly to meet at least 100 days in a parliamentary year as per rules, but it has still held only 34 sessions during eight months.
The rules also state that in December, the assembly shall meet for at least 12 days while in January for at least seven days. But despite these rules, the provincial assembly only met for one day in December while no session was held in January.
Talking to PPI, Sindh Assembly Secretary GM Umar Farooq said that as per new law, the assembly had to complete 100 days in each parliamentary year but only 34 sessions could be held so far.
He said that the parliamentary year would end on May 28 and it would need 66 more sessions to complete deadline of 100 sessions in a year.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) provincial lawmaker, Syed Sardar Ahmed, said that the new rules adopted by the assembly demands provincial government to hold sessions each month but it was not implementing them.
Ahmed said that the issue pertaining to the formation of 36 standing committees was being delayed as the government had not summoned session since last month.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker, Khurram Sher Zaman, said that the government was not interested in calling an assembly session. “They want to run this province on their own without taking other parties into confidence over several issues.”
He said that the PTI had submitted two resolutions in the assembly for debate but due to delay in calling the session, the issues are being delayed.
He said that they had submitted a resolution demanding ban on child labour but despite this sensitive matter, the government had not summoned the session.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikander Ali Mandhro, said that the sessions were only called when they were needed. He admitted that the rule calls for 100 sessions of assembly in a year but there were no issues to be discussed so the government did not call the session.
He said that debate on law and order situation and other resolution moved by different parties would be discussed in the assembling meeting on February 03.