MQM stages walkout from Sindh assembly

Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday staged a token walkout from the Sindh Assembly to show its reservations about the arrests and extrajudicial killings of their workers.

The house met one hour late from its scheduled time, despite the fact that on the previous day the speakers had asked the members to observe the timings of the sitting.

MQM lawmakers protested against torture and killing of their worker Muhammad Adil and alleged extra-judicial killings of its other activists. They staged a token walkout for about four minutes and later joined the assembly proceedings. However, provincial education minister Nisar Khuhro was not present. The house debated on the adjournment motions and demanded action from the government to reopen ghost schools, raise standard of primary education and focus on training of teachers.

The members demanded recruitment of teachers in Sindh on pure merit, saying the politically motivated recruitment of teachers is the root cause of falling education standard in the province. They said it needs good governance and close monitoring to improve education sector in Sindh. They said the elected members should also play their role in reopening of the ghost schools in their constituencies.

They noted with concern that the standard of education in government schools was not only falling in the rural but also in urban areas, where absenteeism of teachers and other malpractices are widespread.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro said that a day will be decided after consultation with the education minister for further discussion on the motion.

Privilege Motion No-02 of 2014 given notice of by Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Abdul Haseeb, about misbehaviour of ASP Akhtar Farooq of Ferozabad Police Station on the occasion of 12th Rabiul Awwal, 14 January 2014 was deferred.

Later, the chair adjourned the house to meet on Friday, 14th Feb, 2014 at 10 AM.

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