KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) on Friday unanimously passed a resolution against threats to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
PPP member SA Abdul Sattar Rajpar presented the resolution in the House.
Resolution condemned the threats to Bilawal Bhutto made by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). Dr Abdul Sattar Rajper, the mover of the resolution criticised the Punjab government alleging it was providing protection to militants. The resolution said Sindh government should approach the federal government to take serious notice of the threats and to take necessary action and guard PPP chairperson.
Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani said situation was very clear after Bilawal Bhutto had been threatened. He demanded steps should be taken against those terrorists, which were identified. Durrani said, “Punjab government should eliminate the terrorists bases. Sindh has prepared itself to deal the terrorists”.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Khuram Sher Zaman raised the issue of Clifton Mandir saying the historical temple was under threat, because of the underpass and flyover being constructed in Clifton. He said no action has so far been taken in this regard despite he made contacts with government officials. However Minister for Minorities’ Affairs Giyan Chand assured the House temple would not be damaged.
On Friday Sindh legislature passed four resolutions. With speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair House started proceedings at around 11:30 am. The SA also approved the resolution moved by Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) MPA Sameeta Afzal to protect the lady health workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Other resolution passed during the session was related to celebrate all the ‘international days’ in the province.
MQM MPA Kamran Akhter in ‘Call Attention Notice’ said it has been observed in the past a large number of terrorists along with the people migrated to the Sindh. He asked in case of military operation what steps would be taken by the Sindh government to prevent entry of the terrorists in the province. In reply Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro said it could not be denied in past terrorists might have entered in the province. However he informed on entry points of province proper checking mechanism would be involved in this regard. Closed circuit TV cameras would be installed. Intelligence network would be strengthened. Fingers prints and photos of people entering in the province would also be made compulsory.
Environment, Coastal Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro presented the resolution regarding organising the Earth Hour. A worldwide movement organised by the World Wild Fund for Nature Earth Hour will be observed outside the Sindh Assembly from 8:30pm to 9:30pm today (Saturday). The House unanimously approved the resolution. The Assembly was told Earth Hour would be organised at the entrance of SA building within the covered area. On this occasion all lights of the building will be switched off for an hour and a walk with all participants in candlelight will be arranged.
Outside the Assembly building, a white-board inscribed with ‘Declaration and Pledge Signing ceremony with Parliamentarians’ was inviting MPAs for their messages. Surprisingly around 50 MPAs put marker out of the total members.
‘Save Earth,’ one member wrote. Another put the remarks, ‘Be friendly with the environment’. Sumeta Syed of MQM wrote ‘Conserve energy to save our future’. Dr Seema Zia of the PTI marked, ‘We hope Earth Day will be celebrated on earth’. The House was adjourned till Monday morning.
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