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Sindh Assembly passes 2 bills including HIV/AIDS control law

Maverick Report

ISLAMABAD: The Sindh Assembly witnessed the passage of two bills, including the Sindh HIV and AIDS Control, Treatment and Protection Bill 2013, during the third sitting of seventh session on Friday.

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Moved by the law minister, the House also passed the Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2013. A privilege motion against the Sukkur deputy-inspector general of police over his alleged abusive and threatening language was submitted in the House. The House formed a five-member committee to probe the matter as seven lawmakers discussed the motion for an hour and 21 minutes.

According to the Daily Factsheet released by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), the deputy speaker chaired the sitting for two hours and 52 minutes. The chief minister did not attend the sitting and the leader of the opposition was present for two hours and 30 minutes.

The sitting started at 11.17 a.m. against the schedule start time of 09.30 a.m., witnessing a delay of one hour and 47 minutes. Seventy members were present at the time of start and 107 when the sitting was adjourned. At one point, a maximum of 110 members were present in the sitting.

The parliamentary leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attended the sitting. Four Members applied for leave while five minority members were present.

Three out of six starred questions on the agenda on Zakat and Ushr Department were taken up. The relevant minister answered all the questions. Members asked 17 supplementary questions.

Two bills on education and health were passed as one was withdrawn by the mover. The Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2013 was withdrawn by the mover and a new bill with the same name was laid and passed. The Sindh HIV and AIDS Control, Treatment and Protection Bill 2013 was also passed.

An adjournment motion over the contamination of Keenjhar Lake water was moved by MQM legislators. After six minutes of discussion on the motion, the information minister assured the protection of lake.

A PPP lawmaker submitted a privilege motion against the Sukkur deputy-inspector general of police over his alleged use of abusive language against the member. Seven members spoke on the motion for one hour and 21 minutes. The House formed a five-member special committee to probe the matter.

No Point of Order was raised in the entire sitting. No incident of protest/walkout/boycott was observed. Orders of the Day was available to the legislators, observers and others. Information on legislators’ attendance was not available to the observers and the public.

The Daily Factsheet is based on direct observation of Sindh Assembly proceedings conducted by the Pakistan Press Foundation, a member organization of FAFEN.

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