Sindh assembly debates Karachi law and order

KARACHI: Sindh assembly here Monday discussed the deteriorating law and order situation of Karachi and urged for supporting law enforcement agencies purging the city of criminal elements.

The house met with speaker Agha Siraj Khan Durrani in chair. The session was summoned on the requisition of opposition party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement MQM.

Newly elected MPAs Abdul Rauf Siddiqui MQM, Muhammad Hussain MQM and Allah Dino Khan Bhayo PPPP took the oath of affirmation

MQM MPA and the leader of the opposition Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari tabled a privilege motion that his privilege was violated as his name was included in a list of criminals. The house debated on the admissibility of the PM. However, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon assured the member that the Sindh government disowns such a list. Later the mover did not further press his motion. 30 minutes were consumed on this privilege motion.

MQM MPA Khawaja Izharul Hassan and four other MPAs of MQM tabled the AM to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi. The motion said this house resolves to discuss a definite matter relating to the disturbed and deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi particularly and Sindh generally, whereby innocent people have lost their precious lives. During the period between 1st June and 28th August 2013 about 430 people have been killed, whereas hundreds of traders and businessmen have been threatened to pay Bhatta or face death.

The house discussed the adjournment for 3 hours and 41 minutes. Both MQM and PPPP members accused one another of scoring political points in the pretext of discussing Karachi issue. PPPP members were of the opinion that the department of police should be further strengthened; however, MQM MPAs talked about the necessity of army action in Karachi. The house overall maintained the position that police and rangers should be give a really free hand and criminal elements in political parties should be disowned.

However, Sindh information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon assured the house the government is taking efforts to control the situation. He suggested the government and opposition should join hands in supporting Karachi peace and stop patronizing criminals in their ranks and files, if any.

MQM MPOA Heer Soho and others tabled a resolution that this house on International Literacy Day reaffirms commitment and support of the cause of literacy. The resolution was adopted by the house.

PPPP MPA Sharmila Sahebah Faruqui and others tabled a resolution that this house resolves to pay tribute to former president Asif Ali Zardari on completion of his five-year term in office. This resolution was adopted by the house.

Later, the speaker prorogued the session.

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