Sindh assembly shows concern about Hyderabad law, order

Karachi: Sindh Assembly here on Monday showed concern on deteriorating law and order situation in Hyderabad and urged measures to provide safety and security to the citizens of the second largest city of Sindh province from killers, criminals and extortionists.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) PMAs Heer Soho, Sumeta Afzal Syed and Naila Munir raised an adjournment motion on poor law and order situation of Hyderabad and urged the government to take strict measures to improve the situation.

Twenty assembly members including the movers spoke on the issue. The opposition members blamed inefficiency of police for the problems, saying it needs setting the direction of senior police officers. They said robberies, street crime and Bhatta collection were rampant in the city, but the police were playing the role of silent spectator. The government MPAs defended the police, saying the provincial government was taking steps to improve the law and order situation of whole Sindh including Hyderabad.

Earlier, the house met with speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair. However, the house maintained its tradition of delay. The session scheduled to be held on 10:00am began at 11:53am. The leader of the opposition attended the session for just five minutes, while the leader of the house, Sindh chief minister, was absent.

The house passed into law the Bill No. 22 of 2013- The Gorakh Hills Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2013, tabled by Bill No. 22 of 2013- The Gorakh Hills Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

The chair announced the assent of Governor of Sindh to the following 8 bills: The Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2013; The Sindh Building Control (Amendment) Bill, 2013; The Sindh Newborn Screening Bill, 2013; The Larkana Development Authority (Revival and Amending) Bill, 2013; The Sindh Mental Health Bill, 2013; The Sindh Witness Protection Bill, 2013; The Sindh HIV and AIDS Control Treatment and Protection Bill, 2013; The Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

On consideration of Bill No. 25 of 2013-The Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Bill, 2013, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro moved a motion that Ms Sharmila Farooqui also moved an identical private bill, therefore the Government Bill no-25 of 2013 and a private member Bill No-06 of 2013 should be sent to a standing committee for joining and consideration and bringing it back to the house in the next session. Hence, the bill was sent to the standing committee comprised of Rubina Qaimkhani, Nisar Khuhro, Sharmila Faruqui, Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, Irum Azeem Farooque, Naila Munir, Sorath Thebo, Dr Seema Zia and Dr Sikandar Mandhro.

The house witnessed uproar in the end when Irfanullah Marwat of PML-N, MQM’s Irum Azeem Farooque wanted to bring resolution and the speaker did not allow them.

Later, the house was prorogued for an indefinite period.

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