KARACHI -- Another private members' day in the Assembly was consumed without taking up any agenda, as the lawmakers particularly treasury members kept facilitating each other on their leaders' bail.
The sitting of the Assembly began two hours late with Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mukesh Kumar Chawla set the tone for facilitation as he congratulated the Pakistan People's Party President Asif Ali Zardari, party's Women Wing President and MPA Faryal Talpur, MNA Syed Khrsheed Shah and Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani as they all have been awarded bail by the courts with the span of few days. 'People also face difficult times in the life but our leadership stood firm in those difficult times,' he added.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's Javed Hanif who has been facing corruption charges and released on bail said that in other countries, a person cannot be arrested until charges are proved against him. 'But in Pakistan, a person can be arrested on allegations only,' he added. Hanif said the National Accountability Bureau had arrested him for 'giving' jobs to the people during his term as the Karachi Post Trust Chairman.
Opposition Leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi said that an 'honourable' citizen should not be arrested until thorough investigation. 'The Co-Chief of the party which has been ruling in Sindh for 12 years have got the bail but the people of the province haven't got water yet,' he added.
As many as 10 lawmakers belonging to the PPP felicitated their leadership and criticised the federal government on during which the treasury and PTI members also came face to face. Sharjeel Inam Memon of the PPP and PTI's Riaz Haider moved aggressively towards each other but they were separated by the persuading members. The Assembly also adopted a unanimous resolution moved by the MQM-P's Rana Ansar to condemn demolition of the party's Yadgar-e-Shuhda (Martyrs' monument) by unknown people. 'This house strongly condemns the act of breaching sanctity of...