KARACHI – Sindh Assembly on Thursday once again witnessed uproar as lawmakers belonging to Paksitan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf kept chanting slogans against each other during speech of Oppositon Leader Haleem Adil Sheikh who attended the sitting on production orders. The PPP members began protesting and chanting slogans soon after Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani gave floor to the leader of opposition, facing similar sort of reaction from the PTI. The house turned into a fish market, as the PPP and PTI kept chanting “Go Niazi Go” and “Go Murad Go” slogans. The Opposition Leader, who was given standing ovation by PTI members upon his arrivals, said that he was subjected to torture during detention. He said that a snake was deliberately left in his cell under a conspiracy to kill him. “I am member of Sindh Assembly and request you conduct inquiry as the snake was found from my cell,” he told to Speaker.
As the PPP lawmakers kept trying to interrupt the Opposition Leader, he said, “there is only three-feet distance between chairs of leader of the house and leader of the oppositon. He said that if they were not allowed to speak, nobody including the Chief Minister could speak in the Assemebly.”
Sheikh said that being a Oppositon Leader, he was entitled for privileges equivalent to the provincial minister but his security was withdrawn. He further told that he was also attacked in the prison while also subjected to torture. “Today, I am brought as a terrorist in armoured personnel carrier. I was detained in cell designated for hardcore criminals,” he said.
The Speaker asked Leader of Opposition to file application in the court, if he was being tortured. “I had filed a plea in the court when I was mistreated in the jail. I and Asif Ali Zardari had contested and won elections while being behind the bars,” Durrani said. He added that major opposition parties had submitted an application and sought production order of their leader, making it clear that the order was not issued on any pressure but as per “vision” of the PPP leadership.
Resolution adopted to suspend Anti-Encroachent operation
Meanwhile, the Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution, asking Sindh government to suspend Anti-Encroachent drive on irrigation land until settlement between the occupiers and the administration. Sharjeel Inam Memon of PPP, mover of the resolution, said that they were not against the Anti Encroachent operation but a mechanism should be devised to resettle hundreds of thousands of people who were rendering shelterless.
Newly elected MPAs take oath
Earlier, newly elected MPAs of PPP Jam Shabbir Ali and Yousuf Murtaza Baloch took oath of affirmation. Ali and Baloch were elected in by-polls on PS-43 and PS-88 respectively. Congratulating the new comers, Chief Minster Syed Murad Ali Shah said that both candidates of the PPP had won the polls with big margin. He hoped that Ali and Baloch who replaced their brother and father respectively would remain loyal to the party and leadership. “I also congratulate PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari as in their leadership we have not only retained our seats but got more votes than the general elections 2018,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Kumar Chawla introduced two bills– The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Sindh Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Both the bills were sent to standing committees for further deliberation. Later, the house was adjourned till Friday (today).