KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly session on Friday was adjourned till next week by the deputy speaker, who cited the lack of quorum required to start the session. As the session started with Rehana Leghari in the chair at 3:30pm, there were hardly 10 members in the House that comprises a total of 168 members.
The deputy speaker, casting a glance at the vacant treasury and opposition benches, said, "Despite repeated warnings, members don't come on time. I can't run the session like this."
According to the Sindh Assembly's rules, at least 42 members are required to run the session. In the absence of the required numbers, all items on the agenda were deferred.
The agenda that was listed included call attention notices moved by opposition parties on public interest issues, a privilege motion moved by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf parliamentary leader Haleem Adil Shaikh against excise and taxation minister for leveling false allegations against him, an adjournment motion moved by Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Heer Ismail Soho regarding the devolution of the Pakistani rupee in Asia. The Sindh
Governor Imran Ismail's assent given to the "Revival of Police Order 2002 (Amendment) Bill 2019, question-answers of the local government department and the Sindh budget execution report of the third quarter was also on the agenda.
Demolition of houses in Thar
Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) MPA Nand Kumar Goklani submitted an adjournment motion in Sindh Assembly on Friday against the demolition of houses of members of the 'Bheel' community, living in Islamkot, Mithi. In his motion, Goklani requested the Sindh Assembly speaker Agha Siraj Durrani to adjourn the upcoming session of the assembly to discuss this matter, which according to him, was urgent and of public importance. "The PPP government has promised to give shelter, food and livelihood to people, but unfortunately this never happens. Instead, they have deprived people of their homes and jobs," he said, while speaking to media outside the assembly.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2019.
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