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Water protest: Sindh assembly witnesses chaos

KARACHI: The Sindh assembly witnessed chaos on Friday when opposition members mounted protest against acute water shortage in Karachi. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani continued presiding over the session despite outcries from the opposition benches. The MPAs raised slogans of ‘Pani Do Pani Do’ (Give water) from opposition benches, and tore up the copies of agenda;…

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Protest: MPA to stay and sleep at Sindh Assembly

An MPA announced Friday that he will not leave the premises of the Sindh Assembly until Orangi Town gets water. MPA Saifuddin Khalid said he had brought along clothes and chanay [chickpeas] to keep going. “The people in Orangi Town are deprived of potable water and the Sindh government is so poor that it cannot…

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Lawyers boycott courts in Karachi against arrests on KBA appeal

KARACHI: Karachi Bar Association announced to boycott the judicial proceedings at courts against police torture and arrests of lawyers outside Sindh assembly. On Tuesday, Sindh police launched crackdown against the lawyers protesting outside the provincial assembly and arrested over 30 of them. Cases were registered against them at Aram Bagh police station, according to police…

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Govt post-mortem: MPAs claim BISP not providing relief to masses

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly MPAs said that the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used to provide relief to only favourites but not masses in general.  “This is a political gimmick by Asif Ali Zardari to secure votes,” said PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman. “I don’t think it is providing relief to masses.” “The hand that gives…

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Police arrest 30 lawyers from outside Sindh assembly

KARACHI: Sindh police arrested over 30 lawyers who were staging a protest sit-in outside Sindh Assembly. The protest by the government lawyers entered ninth day on Tuesday. The lawyers said they are protesting as they are not getting promotions and three basic allowances for seven years now. Meantime, another protest demonstration by New Teachers Acton…

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Sindh Assembly adopts universities bill again despite protest

KARACHI: All powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to Chief Minister Sindh with the passage of Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, carrying several fresh amendments, despite protest by members of opposition parties in Sindh Assembly. The provincial assembly again adopted the bill to regulate 24 universities of the…

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MQM-P warns of conspiracy to replace Izhar as opposition leader

KARACHI: Khawaja Izhar, MQM-P’s representative, warned of a conspiracy in the works to replace him as leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly.  “We are hearing rumours that I will be replaced as the opposition leader,” he said. “Even if that were to happen, it will prove to be beneficial for us,” he added. Izhar…

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Lawmaker accuses MQM leaders of harassment, favoritism

KARACHI: Former MQM leader and MPA Irum Azeem Farooque said that she was subjected to harassment and favoritism by two senior party leaders. In a Facebook video, the Karachi-based lawmaker levelled serious allegations against MQM ‘Bahadurabad faction’ leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Amir Khan. She said that Siddiqui had used inappropriate language against women workers…

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#SpeakUp: Nusrat Seher Abbasi submits resolution in assembly

Nusrat Seher Abbasi, a lawmaker belonging to PML-F, has submitted a resolution in the Sindh Assembly regarding the increasing harassment incidents She said that cases of harassment at Karachi University need to be investigated. The issue should be debated in the assembly, she said. “I am a victim of harassment,” she said. “When a lawmaker…

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Law against child labour violated upon CM Sindh’s visit to Sehwan

 Reported by: Sahil Jogi A law against child labour was passed against child labour in Sindh Assembly in January 2017. However, the law was being openly violated as children were seen cleaning the streets of Sehwan for the visit of Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah. Each child was being paid wage of Rs.300. Sindh…

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ECP posts incorrect number of seats, parliamentarians

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission mentioned incorrect number of seats in provincial and National assemblies on their website. According to details, ECP mentioned 363 seats in the National Assembly instead of 342 seats. The general seats were increased to 276 from 272. There was a mistake in the number of parliamentarians in provincial assemblies. The number of…

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Senate polls: PML-N, PPP win most seats

ISLAMABAD: The ruling PML-N and opposition PPP have won the maximum number of seats in the Senate’s elections held on Saturday, unofficial results show.  Polling for 52 vacant seats was held in the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies. According to the results received from Islamabad and four provinces, PML-N has become the majority party in…

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Over 900 children went missing in Sindh in 2017

KARACHI: Adviser to the CM on Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz has informed the Sindh Assembly that more than 900 children went missing from Sindh in 2017. The children disappeared for a number of reasons, including kidnapping for ransom and running away from home after developing differences with elders. She said police managed to recover 650…

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Zainab murder: Film, TV stars hold protest

KARACHI: Dozens of film and TV actors on Friday staged a protest in front of Sindh Assembly against the rape and killing of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur. The demonstrators mostly people from showbiz industry were first denied entry to the Sindh Assembly, but on insistence they were allowed to record their protest. “For how long…

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Nusrat Sehar Abbasi condemns ‘Black Friday’ term

KARACHI: PML-F MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi said on Monday that using the term ‘Black Friday’ should be condemned since Friday was an auspicious and revered day for Muslims around the globe. The PML-F leader gave a speech on Monday during a session of the provincial assembly during which she denounced the ‘Black Friday’ title. “Why…

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PPP to sweep next general election in Karachi: Durrani

NAWABSHAH: Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani has said that in upcoming general elections, people of Karachi would exercise their right to vote without any fear and they will elect genuine representatives. While addressing a large gathering of Pakhtoon community and later on talking to media persons here on Saturday, the Speaker Sindh Assembly said…

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Laugh yourselves silly with this humorous exchange between SA MPAs

KARACHI: The focus of discussion during a Sindh Assembly session turned towards cars and gas cylinders, inciting laughs among those present, on Friday.  The discussion during a session of the Sindh Assembly turned informal when MPA Deewan Chawla asked where are gas cylinders fitted inside cars? Provincial minister Nasir Shah, containing his laughter, asked Chawla…

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Sindh Assembly adopts resolution to revive student unions

KARACHI: The Provincial Assembly (PA) of Sindh Monday passed a resolution to get revived students union in educational institutions here. The resolution was tabled by PPP-MPA Abdul Sattar Rajpar. He said that the ban on Student Unions was imposed by a dictator and democratic government should lift it. PPP-MPA Khairunisa Mughal said that student unions…

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Watch: Lawmakers speak on stray dogs roaming in Sindh Assembly premises

Members of the Sindh Assembly commented on stray dogs roaming in the premises of the Parliament.

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Disabled persons protest outside Sindh Assembly

KARACHI: A protest was staged outside Sindh Assembly on Monday by disabled persons who sought jobs from the government.  Police instantly sprang into action when a group comprising of disabled persons from all over the province staged a protest outside Sindh Assembly. “We’ve come from all over the province and won’t leave till we are…

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Sindh Assembly resolution condemns PTI’s demand of early polls

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Tehreek-i-Insaf leadership’s demand for early elections and dissolving the democratically elected assemblies. The resolution reads: “This state of mind tantamounts to disregard the right of citizens of the country who elect their representatives for five years in accordance with the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”…

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