ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2014: The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday condemning the killings of four MQM workers in Karachi and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits during 18th sitting of the 12th session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.
A total of seven members – MQM (5) and PPPP (2) – took part in the debate that consumed 49 minutes of the proceedings. Four bodies of MQM workers were found from Memon Goth, Karachi on April 30, 2014 who had been missing since April 13, 2014.
A female lawmaker of MQM asked the Chair to give ruling for the release of young people from the custody of security agencies as her own 14-year old son was arrested last night and she succeeded in getting him released in the morning.
Following are some key observations of the House proceedings:
Members’ Participation in the House Proceedings
- The Sindh Assembly met for an hour and 15 minutes.
- The sitting started at 1028 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours, witnessing a delay of 28 minutes.
- The Speaker chaired the entire sitting.
- The Chief Minister did not attend the sitting while the name of Opposition Leader is yet to be notified.
- The parliamentary leaders of PML-N, PPPP, PTI and MQM attended the sitting.
- Forty-seven members were present at the outset, 85 at the adjournment, while a maximum of 88 lawmakers were observed to be present at one point during the sitting.
- Five minority members attended the sitting.
- One member applied for leave.
- Tabled by MQM lawmaker, the House unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the killings of four MQM workers in Karachi and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
- A total of seven members – MQM (5) and PPPP (2) – took part in the debate regarding the killing of MQM workers that consumed 49 minutes of the proceedings.
Order and Institutionalization
- There was no instance of walkout, protest or boycott.
- ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and others.
- Information on members’ attendance was available to observers and the public.
The Daily Factsheet is based on direct observation of Sindh Assembly proceedings conducted by Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), a member organization of FAFEN
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