KARACHI: Sindh Assembly (SA) on Monday in a resolution congratulated Pakistan street children’s team who won bronze in Street Child Football World Cup. Pakistan team beat USA by 3-2 on penalty kicks in a tough and sensational contest to secure the third spot in the Street Child Football World Cup 2014. It was said over 230 children from 19 countries participated in a girls’ and a boys’ football tournament that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In regular business, SA passed six resolutions. In a combined resolution by legislatures including Sania Naz of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Irum Azeem Farooque Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Khurrum Sher Zaman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) paid tribute to the street children whose performance has become reason for Pakistan to be cherishing about.
Sania Naz told the House winner street children have enlightened the name of Pakistan. “Most of these street kids belong to Lyari. We all love Lyari as it is the heart of Karachi. Only gang war does not prevail in Lyari, said the lawmaker.
She said, “Children of Lyari are also involved in other sport activities like cycling etc. They are also cricketers.
Irum Azeem Farooque said these kids belong to Lyari as well as from other parts. “This is the first step to bring street children to their normal life,” she said.
Khurrum Sher Zaman said, “We should pay tribute to the street children by giving them reception. They have done excellent job and I think in future they can bring good name for Pakistan. Speaker Siraj Durrani also praised them. Lyari kids are born footballers, Durrani told the House.
Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani Minister of Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Development stole the show by claiming that the effort her department made such efforts in bringing up groom them. We provided them training for six months. One of the kids belongs to Quetta, minister said.
I could not go with these children because of participating in relief work in Tharparkar, she added.
She told the House that she would bring the victorious kids to SA for a visit on Tuesday (today).
Seasoned lawmaker of MQM Syed Sardar Ahmad told the House that in pre-partition days Mohammedan Football Club was founded in Lyari.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional parliamentary leader Nand Kumar Goklani also congratulated the street children over their victory. “We value and appreciate the performance of these kids”.
MQM’s Khalid said in garb of talks, federal government has gone on back foot. By involving terrorists in talks, what message government was sending to police and other law enforcement agencies who were fighting against them.
Khurrum Sher Zaman said release of captives should be freed from both sides. He was of the view there was an improvement in law and order as there was no terrorist activities. Imran Khan can also be praised for realising peace process in this regard.
Minister of Information Sindh Sharjeel Memon raised a question why Khurram had not mentioned name of Taliban. Why is he shy to take the name of Taliban, he questioned. The Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution.
The House also approved four more resolutions unanimously. Syed Khalid Ahmed of MQM condemned the increase in power tariff by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). Karachi generates seventy percent revenue. If Karachi-specific tariff would be increased, it would hit the economy.
Dilwar Qureshi of MQM from Hyderabad tabled a resolution regarding closure of Pakistan International Airline’s booking office in Hyderabad, which was passed by the SA.
Dilawar said this seemed a conspiracy against the people of Hyderabad as well as injustice to the people of Sindh. There was need to improve Hyderabad Airport. Another MPA from Hyderabad Sabir Hussain said Hyderababd enjoys the distinction of having bangles and motorcycle industry. “By closing down the PIA booking office, many people belong to industries would be deprived of the facility”, Sabir added.
MPA Naila Munir tabled a resolution on the backdrop of World Health Day. She said in recent years the dengue cases have increased in Sindh. Government should start more programmes for polio and dengue awareness so that these diseases could be brought under control, she added. The House adopted the resolution unanimously.
Kamran Akhtar through a resolution condemned NEPRA for banning of electricity supply to Karachi.
Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan refuted the statement of Abid Sher Ali State Minister for Power that power supply to Karachi was extra. However truth is that we were providing excessive gas from Sindh. He said, “Punjab is also our province. This House warns and reminds State Minister for Water and Power that he is not minister of Punjab but Pakistan”.
SA condemned the threats to senior journalist Imtiaz Alam and others. The media people also token walked out in the protest against the removal of some cameramen and reporters from some media houses. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon assured them he would talk to the owners of these houses in this regard. After giving assurance media people returned to the House.
MQM MPA and leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly, Faisal Sabzwari said the police was involved in fake-encounters of his party workers.
During question hour session Faisal Sabzwari said party supporters Sanaullah and Mansoor were arrested in daylight few days back. On the next day their bodies were found. Faisal said even for a moment if we consider both were involved in any crime, who permitted the law enforcement agencies to kill them. He said extra-judicial killings of MQM should be stopped. Faisal said in past false cases against our leaders and party workers were filed. “Even my family was implicated in false cases. A false case was filed against my brother who used to play first class cricket. He said proper investigation should be carried out in this regard and a mechanism should be formed to stop such incidents in future.
In reply Sharjeel Memon said nobody wanted to do unconstitutional or illegal things. Nobody at government level has directed the LEAs for extra-judicial killings. “Nobody even could not be given right to kill someone under extra judicial killing, no matter the captives are innocents or criminals. However when criminals retaliate, off course police cannot act as a silent spectator,” added the minister.
In ‘Questions and Answers’ session Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani told twenty disabled persons have been appointed during last five years in social welfare department against two percent quota. Rubina said presently social welfare department established two community centres, one each in Thatta and Karachi at Shanti Nagar. Speaker SA adjourned the House till Tuesday morning (today).
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