PA session adjourned without taking up agenda
By Maqbool Ahmed
KARACHI: On first day of its first winter session summoned by the governor, the Sindh Assembly on Friday could not touch even a single items of days’ agenda.
The session started at 11:15 am instead of its scheduled time of 9:00 am. Soon after recitation from the Holy Qura’an, Speaker Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah apprised the House that leader of the opposition Nisar Khuhro in a press conference on Thursday levelled serious allegations against the chair with respect to summoning of the assembly’s session. He said the situation demanded him to clarify certain happenings to put the recorded straight.
Mr Shah explained that the PPPP had submitted its requisition to the assembly secretariat on December 14. He (the speaker) was in Islamabad to attend a speakers’ conference on 15 to 17, He said on December 18, he passed orders on the opposition’s requisition and summoned the assembly’s session on 27th.
He said the notification was being drafted on the same day to summon the opposition’s requisitioned session when a notification received from the governor announced summoning of the session on December 24.
The speaker said he had summoned the session within 14 days of the requisition, as article 54(3) of the constitution required him to do.
He regretted that the leader of the opposition accused the office of the speaker of sabotaging of requisitioned session which was “totally uncalled for and unacceptable.” “If any member wants some explanations, he should come to my chamber to discuss the issue. But please don’t pass remarks about the speaker outside the House,” he asked the members.
When the speaker was reading the remarks as reported in different newspapers, Mr Khuhro stood up and started insisting correctness of his stance alleging the government for bulldozing opposition agenda and blocking its adjournment motions and resolution on important issues confronting the province.
Mr Shah asked him to sit down saying: “Spare the speaker of acrimony of the tussle between the government and the opposition.”
When Mr Khuhro read article 54(3) of the constitution and insisted that the speaker did not act according to the rules, Mr Shah then asked Mr Khuhro to show where he had violated the rules.
In the meantime, minister for mines and mineral development Irfanullah Marwat stood on a point of order and asked the chair that he wanted to move a motion to condemn the remarks of the leader of opposition about the office of the speaker.
This move of Mr Marwat infuriated the opposition MPAs who stood up and began shouting “No, No.” When Mr Khuhro again passed some remarks about the speaker, which were later expunged from the assembly’s record, Mr Shah warned him to refrain from maligning the office of the speaker and asked Mr Marwat, who by then was again on his feet, to move the motion.
Again the opposition members began shouting “No, No”.
The speaker then asked the secretary of the assembly to apprise the House of the order he (the speaker) had passed on the opposition’s requisition. Secretary Hadi Bux informed the House that the speaker had passed orders on 18th for the summoning of the PA on 27th.
Mr Shah said he wanted to run the House smoothly taking along both treasury and opposition benches, saying “if the leader of the opposition wanted to maintain this spirit he might ask Mr Marwat not to press his motion to condemn the remarks of the leader of the opposition about the speaker.”