Sindh Assembly transacts entire agenda

Karachi: The Sindh Assembly, on Friday, took up the entire agenda appearing on `Orders of the Day’, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.

The Sindh Assembly met for two hours and 15 minutes while the proceedings remained suspended for three minutes due to Azaan. The sitting started at 1135 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours.

The Speaker chaired the sitting for an hour and 24 minutes while the Deputy Speaker presided over the rest of the proceedings. The Leader of the House (Chief Minister) did not attend the sitting. The Leader of the Opposition was present for an hour and 16 minutes. As many as 41 (24%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 43 (26%) at the adjournment of sitting.

The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, MQM, PML-F and PTI attended the sitting. Seven minority members were also present. One member applied for leave.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs presented audit report regarding appropriation accounts of Sindh Forest Department for the year, 2015-16. The House took up all five Starred Questions for answers during the Question Hour. The lawmakers asked 30 supplementary questions as well.

The House took up six Call Attention Notices (CANs) about Sindh Youth Policy, non-completion of development schemes, mandatory teaching of Sindhi language in private schools, number of cases tackled by Child Protection Units and Child Protection Authority, non-allotment of rooms to students at hostels of Sindh University and not conducting the competitive exam by Sindh Public Service Commission. The Chair rejected an Adjournment motion of a PTI lawmaker regarding clean water crisis throughout the Province.

PPPP lawmakers protested for two minutes on floor of the House when the Chair did not allow them to speak on a CAN sponsored by other lawmaker. The House was adjourned to meet again on January 22, 2018 at 1000 hours.

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