KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed ‘Sindh Solid Waste Management Board Bill’ into law to ensure control on cleanliness and disposal of industrial, sewerage and domestic waste of the cities and towns through uniform authority of the provincial government.

The provincial legislature also passed another law to give degree awarding status to the National Institute of Blood Diseases.

It also passed a resolution that demanded to make polio vaccination mandatory and conditional in birth registration and admission in schools for every child.

The Sindh Assembly session was started two hours behind the schedule of 10:00am. The proceedings of the House commenced at 12:00pm with Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair on Monday.

Opposition leader of MQM, Faisal Sabzwari condemned the arrest of party worker Fahad Aziz from his marriage ceremony in Korangi by the police. He also showed the pictures marking with torture on his body. He asked the provincial government to take action against the police officers and their chief. Later, MQM staged walk-out from the House.

Other opposition parties PML-N, PML-F and PTI did not support the MQM in their protest and took part in the proceedings of the House.

Information Minister Sharjeel Memon while replying to the concerns raised by the opposition leader said a DIG-level committee has been formed to probe the matter. Four police personnel were also suspended on the order of the Sindh chief minister in this regard.

He rejected the allegations of the MQM’s opposition leader about biasness in targeted operation as well his allegations against the Karachi police chief.

Memon paid rich tribute to the police force over its courage and sacrifices they are giving but continuing action against the terrorists and criminals in the City.

However, PML-N’s parliamentary leader Irfanullah Marwat came down hard on MQM and said the criminals and terrorists had no language and party so the protesting party should not make much hue and cry in this regard. He announced his party’s support to the PPP government in ongoing targeted operation for which he received applause in thumping of desks by the PPP MPAs.

After walkout of the MQM, the questions as well as other business including privilege motion, adjournment motion and call attention notices, submitted by their lawmakers disposed of due to their absence.

The walkout of the MQM lawmakers paved way for the provincial government to pass two bills - Sindh Solid Waste Management Board Bill and National Institute of Blood Diseases unanimously in a smooth manner.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro while sharing the salient features of the bills said, “The metropolitan, town and union councils will have representations in the proposed Sindh Solid Waste Management Board which can take decisions to privatise the waste disposal system in Karachi and other areas of the province.”

Citing the Lahore Solid Waste Company, he said a company in Sindh could invest to easily collect and safely dispose of the waste which will help maintain the cleanliness and healthy environment in the province.

He further said the Sindh government was making separate laws including the Environment Law to deal with the overall industrial and other environmental pollution. It is also making another bill to control the water contamination of stream, river and other fresh water lakes in the province.

Speaking about the National Institute of Blood Diseases, he minister said this institution was already providing treatment and imparting training and postgraduate education as well as conducting research in blood related diseases. This bill aimed at giving the degree awarding status to this private sector institution.

Later, the House passed a resolution of PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman, through which the House condemned the killing of polio workers last month in Qayyumabad area in the City. He recommended the Sindh government to approach the federal government to make the polio vaccination mandatory for every child in the country and the registration of birth certificates, passports and admission to schools/seminaries’ be given to those who have been vaccinated.

Through another resolution moved by PPP’s Dr Sikandar Shoro, the House paid tribute to the polio workers who sacrificed their lives for the cause to eradicate polio disease from the country. He recommended the government of Pakistan to honour those martyred polio workers for the highest civil award.

Later, the Chair adjourned the proceedings of the House to meet again on Tuesday (today).