Sindh assembly passes joint resolution against Peshawar Church blasts

Karachi: Sindh Assembly here Monday adopted, unanimously, a joint resolution against the Peshawar Church blasts.

The house met with deputy speaker Syeda Shehla Raza in chair. All MPAs of MQM wore black armbands to express solidarity with the bereaved families of Peshawar Church blast. The house remained silent for one minutes to pay respect to the souls of Peshawar Church blast victims. The house also passed the joint resolution to condemn the terrorist activity.

The resolution tabled by Dr Mahesh Malani and others MPAs belonging to both treasury and opposition benches said this assembly vehemently condemns the barbaric suicide attack on Kohati Gate Church in Peshawar killing 80 innocent men, women and children and injuring more than 146 who were in a state of worship. This is a national tragedy. The perpetrators should be dealt with iron hands and given exemplary punishment. In this hour of grief we stand in solidarity with our fellow Pakistani Christian brethren and pledge to continue out fight against terrorism and work towards a progressive, peaceful Pakistan as envisioned by our Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Members from both treasury and opposition benches delivered speeches on the resolution. However, some members supported holding talks with the militant groups, while others said strong action should be taken against them.

Sindh law minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro tabled Bill No 21 of 2013 The Sindh Newborn Screening Bill 2013, which was passed unanimously, while another bill, Bill No 09 of 2013 The Sindh Healthcare Commission Bill, 2013 was on the agenda of the house, however, it was differed to Wednesday on the request of the mover.

Muhammad Hussain Khan and Waqar Hussain Shah of MQM tabled an adjournment motion to discuss the incidents of kidnapping of doctors in Sindh. Sindh law minister opposed it. After hearing point of view of both sides the Chair rejected the AM, declaring it ‘Out of Order’

Later, the Chair adjourned the session to Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00am.