By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) yesterday adopted three Private Members’ resolutions and witnessed the introduction of prohibition of Gutka and Mainpuri bill observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet. The Sindh Assembly met for two hours and 42 minutes. The sitting started at 1138 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours. The Deputy Speaker presided over the entire sitting in the absence of the Speaker. The Leader of the House (Chief Minister) did not attend the sitting. The Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting for an hour and 28 minutes. As many as 30 (18%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 48 (29%) at the adjournment of the sitting. The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, PML-N, PML-F, PTI and MQM attended the sitting. Four minority members attended the sitting. Two members applied for leave. The House adopted three resolutions offering condolence on the loss of lives in Iran-Iraq earthquake, appoint lady teachers in primary schools and begin sugarcane crushing in the province of Sindh as soon as possible. The resolution on making laws for protection of domestic workers, including women, was referred to the Standing Committee on Labour. Two other resolutions on the agenda were not taken up regarding the removal of untangled cable wires in Karachi and establishing printing presses to cater the needs of visually impaired individuals. A PPPP lawmaker introduced the Sindh Prohibition on Manufacture, Promotion and Sale of Gutka and Mainpuri Bill, 2017. The House did consider five private motions and amendment in rules of procedure as contemplated by sub-rule 4(a) of Rule 267. The House took up five out of eight Starred Questions for answers during the proceedings. The lawmakers raised 28 supplementary questions as well. The Chair did not admit an adjournment motion of PML-F lawmaker after being opposed by the government. It was regarding the delay in sugar cane crushing season in Sindh. Two lawmakers spoke on as many points of public importance regarding sale of medicines at higher rates and lack of facilities at Children Ward of Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital. PML-F, PML-N and PTI lawmakers protested for two minutes for not letting the debate begin on the issue of sugarcane crushing season.