The Sindh Assembly left its entire agenda unattended after senior minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro requested the speaker to cut short the agenda due to the death of Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Muqeem Khoso.
"Khoso was a senior politician and member of this august House. For many years, we have pursued a practice to adjourn the first session of the assembly after the death of any member. So, I request you to put off the proceeding till Tuesday," he said. After Khuhro's remarks, lawmakers paid tributes to Khoso and the session was adjourned after Fateha.
The deferred items on the agenda included the consideration of Sindh Employees Old-Age Benefits (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Guess who's back?
Opposition leader in the assembly, Khawaja Izharul Hasan of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who had last month left the country amid rumours that he would not return to Pakistan, also attended the session.
Talking to the media outside the assembly, he said MQM leaders and workers stand united. "No one had threatened me and I left the country to perform Umrah."
Hasan claimed that some political parties have reached an understanding regarding mega corruption in Pakistan.
"I suggest bringing a law against such kind of reconciliation in corruption. MQM is ready to move such a bill," he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2016.
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