KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly on Monday took serious notice of the 22 hours electricity loadshedding announcement in Sindh by the Water and Power Ministry and demanded rescheduling.

The demand was made through a joint resolution tabled by PPP member Dr Sohrab Sarki and supported by opposition- MQM and PML-F.

The resolution which was adopted unanimously says, “this assembly is of the opinion that the Sindh government should ask federal government to take notice of the Water and Power Authority announcement of 22 hours loadshedding in urban and rural areas of Sindh and demanded rescheduling the loadshedding period, providing electricity to the province as per its requirement in order to safeguard the agriculture, industries and other sectors of the province”. Earlier, Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar informed the house that Sindh government was not interfering in affairs of law enforcing agencies which have been empowered to take actions against terrorists throughout the country.

Sindh government did not issue any directives to law enforcers to conduct raids, said the minister while responding to a call attention notice of MQM member Muhammad Hussain. Hussain in his call attention notice asked the home department that the people of Orangi Town are facing difficulties against illegal arrest, law enforcing agencies are being bribed for release; and steps taken by the govt on this sensitive matter. Dr Mahendaro said that targeted operation was to eliminate terrorism and target killers. He said that people should approach anti corruption department and concerned police stations if they have complaints against police and law enforcers, adding that government would also take actions on such complaints.

On the call attention notice of PML-F lady member Nusrat Sehar Abbasi, Sindh Minister for Transport Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani said that legislation would be framed to impose ban on use of substandard CNG cylinders in vehicles and for this purpose a draft law would be introduced in the Sindh assembly. The PML-F member in her call attention notice asked what action has been taken by the government as accidents are happening every day. The transport minister acknowledged substandard gas cylinders were being used in public transport and said that power of traffic police to check vehicles fitness has now been transferred to the transport department which has started vehicles checking. He said that government was mulling over to outsource cylinders checking to a reputable company.

During question-answer session, the house witnessed exchange of harsh words between PML-F member Nusrat Sehar Abbasi and Sindh ministers Nisar Khuhro, Murad Ali Shah and Sharjeel Memon who lodged protest over the use of word “interior Sindh” and termed the words used by opposition member against the unity of Sindh.

 The PML-F member in her written question asked the government that there is a crisis of drinking water and unhygienic water is being supplied in Sukkur and interior Sindh resulting deadly diseases are spreading rapidly, why?

Upon which Senior Education Minister Nisar Khuhro contended that Sindh is a one entity and there are no interior or otherwise and the word “interior Sindh” was made part of the assembly proceeding was unfortunate.

The ministers said that if Abbasi did not tender apology to the people of Sindh, they would move a censure motion against her. This created stir in the house and Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza ordered switching off mikes of members and the words used by PML-F member were expunged from the proceeding on her ruling.

The house, which was set in order by Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, carried question hour of public health engineering. The proceeding was adjourned till Tuesday morning.