QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly member Zamruk Khan has demanded that a meeting of the Council of Common Interest be convened in order to discuss a fair distribution of funds being provided by the international community for flood victims.
Addressing the assembly session on a point of order on Thursday, Khan said that the floods have caused huge losses in various parts of the province. He also condemned the incidents of target killings in Karachi and demanded impartial inquiry into the matter with compensation for those who fell prey to the mayhem or suffered property loss.
During the session Khan and other provincial ministers including Mir Shah Nawaz Marri, Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bizenjo, Muhammad Sadiq Umrani and Syed Ehsan Shah were elected to be members of the Senate while Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani was elected to be a member of the Syndicate of Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences.
PPP MPA Ali Madad Jatak demanded that a committee of the house be constituted to negotiate with the administration of Merck Marker Pharmaceutical Factory Quetta on the issue of termination of 415 employees from service.
He recalled that over 400 employees who had been discharging their duties at the factory for eight to 15 years had been sacked without assigning any reason. He said that the sacked employees had been observing a hunger strike for the last many days against their sacking.
Speaker Bhootani said that the matter would be taken up with the Balochistan chief minister and necessary steps would be taken in this regard. The assembly proceedings started one hour late against its fixed time and lasted only 15 minutes.
The session has been adjourned sine die.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2010.
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