Consecutive absence from assembly: Arbab Rahim’s seat declared vacant

Published: March 22, 2012

Majority of Sindh MPAs refuse to grant him leave, vote on motion in Sindh Assembly to declare PS-60 vacant. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

KARACHI: Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s seat (PS-60) was declared vacant on Thursday after the Sindh Assembly voted on a motion on the subject. The assembly secretariat will now issue a notification and approach the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The wheels had been set in motion since a majority of Sindh MPAs had refused to grant leave to Rahim, former Sindh chief minister of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (Likeminded), from attending the assembly.

Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro informed the assembly that the assembly secretariat had prepared a report on Rahim’s attendance record in the assembly.

According to the Constitution and rules and reports received, Khuhro said he was mandated to inform the house that Rahim had been absent from the assembly for 40 consecutive days.

Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani then rose to present a motion stating that Rahim’s seat be declared vacant for his absence, which was repeated by several other MPAs.

PML-Q (Likeminded) MPA Razzaque Rahimoon said that this was not a good tradition to establish and said he would boycott in protest. Rahimoon and PML-Q (Likeminded) MPA Arbab Zulfiqar had filed a plea to the Sindh High Court on Rahim’s behalf for the court’s help to obtain leave. It was dismissed on Wednesday.

Durrani said, “We did not force him to leave,” while Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq said, “Enough was enough” and if Rahim said he was unwell, his tone and language during his phone-in speeches seemed to indicate otherwise.

The Express Tribune reported on Thursday that according to Section 56(1) of the legislature’s rules of procedure, any member can move that a seat be declared vacant after a member’s absence of a consecutive 40 days from the session.

The Sindh Advocate General read out several articles of the constitution and told the Sindh Assembly that the “provisions were very clear”.

Rahim’s last leave application was rejected by Sindh Assembly MPAs.

While he has normally cited ill-health as a reason for not being able to travel from Dubai – where he lives – to attend the assembly, in his last application he said he could not travel because of security concerns.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Independent from London
    Mar 22, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Arbab Rahim hurt Sindhis worst than any other imposed CM did.
    He was a lackey of Musharraf and MQM. Sindhis suffered a lot and unfortunately still are suffering. He should be out of the assembly and decision to unseat him will be welcomed.

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  • sashayub
    Mar 22, 2012 - 2:04PM

    okay, so he lives in Dubai…..what does he do for his constituant’s problems? does he phone-in and tell them to chill out till he comes back???Recommend

  • BADurrani
    Mar 22, 2012 - 2:43PM

    that’s what you get for trying to be to smart for your own good. should be a lesson to all politicians that if you want to represent the people of Pakistan you need to be living in Pakistan

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  • Mar 22, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Time is not far when National and Provincial assemblies open Dubai and London branches.

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  • Aafiyat Nazar
    Mar 22, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Political vendetta of champions of democracy

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 22, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Good decision. Now members of Sindh Assembly should also focus on their constituency.Recommend

  • Mar 22, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Suspend him and put ban on him

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  • Arbab Kamran
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:42PM

    Good decisions, Arbab Ghulam Rahim needs such kind of treatment indeed

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  • H Chaudhry
    Mar 22, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Wow so he also lives in Dubai ! Amin Fahim lives in Dubai as well, how these people help their constituents ? How do they know what are the challenges of their area when they dont even live there. No wonder no roads, no water, no electricity, no food !

    Good job Sindhies, keep electing these feudal that dont even want to live among you !

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  • Mirza
    Mar 23, 2012 - 1:56AM

    It does not matter where he lives. The imp questions are does he attend the session of PA or not? If he does not then he has no right to collect any title, money, perks or pension. In addition, does he go and meet his voters on a regular basis? If not then he should have gotten the boot long ago.

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  • Attif abas
    Mar 23, 2012 - 3:22AM

    In true democracy, arbab Rahimudin has to face different consequences than prevaiz elahi.

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