KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Indian army's 'aggression' along the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the deaths of two Pakistani soldiers on Thursday.
Lawmakers belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) moved three separate resolutions, which were clubbed into one, demanding the UN and the international community to take notice of Indian atrocities in Indian Kashmir and the LoC.
Syed Sardar Ahmed of MQM, Nisar Khuhro of PPP and Nand Kumar of PML-F were the movers of these resolutions.
"In this situation, the entire nation is with the armed forces. Exemplary punishment will be given to India if war is imposed on Pakistan," Khuhro said in his speech and suggested to the federal government to convene an 'all parties conference' on the issue.
Ahmed said since day one, India has not accepted the creation of Pakistan and had occupied Kashmir, a Muslim majority area, and has bluntly refused to accept the UN resolutions calling for the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.
Excise and taxation minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla paid tribute to the martyred Pakistani soldiers and criticised Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. "We are a peaceful people but know very well how to react in this situation," he said.
PML-F's Kumar said India has not only killed innocent Kashmiris and attacked Pakistani soldiers but has also violated the ceasefire line.
Other lawmakers from across the aisle also spoke on the subject.
Mass transit system
Transport minister Nasir Shah informed the Sindh Assembly that government will establish state-of-the-art bus terminals and will try to outsource them for better performance.
Speaking during the question-and-answer session, the minister said the transport department has issued 152,845 route permits to private transport vehicles from 2008 to 2016 and have recovered around Rs200 million from the permit fees.
Regarding action against illegal rickshaws, he said, "Only one to four-seat rickshaws can ply in Sindh and the government has banned six and nine-seat rickshaws, which are illegal".
Later, the speaker prorogued the session for an indefinite period.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2016.
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