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Sindh Assembly’s unexpected session starts from tomorrow

Karachi: The session of Sindh Assembly has been convened from Tuesday (tomorrow), which happens to be “surprising” for many, as the house has recently completed its parliamentary year and was expected to resume proceedings during next budget session.

Secretary Sindh Assembly Hadi Bux Buriro told The News that the treasury has called the session on Tuesday, which would be a private member’s day.

A source in the PPP told The News that the party intended to take up “some pending bills” for legislation as reportedly the coalition parties – the MQM and the PPP – have reached “some understanding” in this regard.

Talking to this correspondent, MQM’s parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed, however, expressed his surprise over the summoning of the PA session. He said there was no truth in such news that pending bills would be introduced or considered during the session. Sardar Ahmed said that he was not aware as to what was the urgency to summon the session since it was recently prorogued.

He said that he has come to know about the PA session through TV channels and was trying to contact with Law Minister Ayaz Soomro to ascertain the urgency behind this development.

The PA has recently completed 104 days in the parliamentary year though it was required to complete 100 days under the 18th Amendment.

PA Secretary Hadi Bux said that these days would be included in the outgoing parliamentary year as the new parliamentary year would start from 5th April.

It was learnt that the session would continue till 2nd April.

Later on, the session would be adjourned for three days on account of death anniversary of PPP’s founder leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, which falls on 4th April. It is likely to resume proceedings after the anniversary of Z.A. Bhutto.

Some of the pending bills pertain to revival of Malir and Lyari development authorities, protection of amenity plots, etc. But the most controversial issue lingering on between the coalition parties is the bill to revive commissionerate system.

The revival of the authorities under the said system had remained on the agenda of business during the recently prorogued session and the same was withdrawn owing to some undisclosed reasons. Similarly, the protection of amenity plots bill was also withdrawn because of reportedly adverse media reaction launched by concerned citizens against it.

An opposition legislator told The News that there appeared to be no business and he expected that the PPP legislators were likely to pass a resolution on the death anniversary of Z.A. Bhutto, as the government intended to approach the judiciary for reopening the Bhutto case. He said it was also expected that the PPP MPAs would hail President Asif Ali Zardari over the completion of his three years in the Presidency. He recalled that during the entire outgoing session, there was no business except completing the required days of the parliamentary year.

The outgoing session of the Sindh Assembly had attracted much media attention as a resolution was passed against opposition leader Ch. Nisar Ali, who was the petitioner in NAB chief case, as the MPAs staged demonstration outside the Sindh High Court reportedly in protest against the SC judgment that declared the appointment of the Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Deedar Husain as null and void.

The SC has recently taken cognizance of the Sindh Assembly’s proceedings and the strike call given by the PPP although Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah disowned such call on the floor of the house.

In latest development, the SC issued contempt of court notices to PPP MPA Sharjeel Inam Memon and PPP General Secretary (Sindh) Taj Haider over their reported criticism of the SC judgment.
Source: The News
Date:3/28/2011