Permission declined to debate wedding party bus fire tragedy

Karachi: Speaker Sindh assembly here Monday turned down the request of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) PMA Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi to wind up question hour and debate the tragic accident of Khairpur Nathan Shah, district Dadu, bus fire which claimed at leat 14 lives.

Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi at the start of the sitting requested speaker Agha Siraj Durani to skip the question hour and discuss the sad accident of the bus carrying a wedding party which was hit by a high-tension electricity wire. He said this is a very sad accident and deserves to be discussed in the assembly so that ways and means could be suggested to check such tragedies in future. He said this is an issue belonging to the people of Sindh and the speakers considering it an exception allow to skip the question hour and debating this issue in public interest. However, the speaker declined his request, saying he may consider it after finishing the business on agenda.

Later, when Liaqat Ali Jatoi tabled his adjournment motion against occupation of the government lands in district Jamshoro in convince with the corrupt officials, he again requested the speaker to allow to discuss the Khairpur Nathan Shah bus fire tragedy, which he said even bigger issue related to Sindh than the occupation of the government lands in Jamshoro. However, this time also the speaker declined his request and asked him to table his adjournment motion, which was opposed by the minister for parliamentary affairs Sikandar Mandhro. The speaker in his ruling declared the adjournment motion not maintainable and hence out of order.

The dejected Jatoi boycotted the House.

Last Sunday, whole Sindh was saddened when a bus carrying a wedding party accidently touched a high-tension cable, reportedly lying low, and caught fire on the Indus Highway near Khairpur Nathan Shah bypass road. Thirteen passengers were burnt alive on the spot while some two dozen other injured many of them critically.

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