LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly unanimously adopted two resolutions on Private Members Day on Tuesday, asking the federal government to do necessary legislation to check increasing cyber crimes against women and children and to protect rights of housemaids.

Two legislators withdrew their resolutions while that moved by treasury MPA Mian Muhammad Rafiq regarding situation at graveyards was pended till next Private Members Day.  Treasury legislator Hina Pervaiz Butt presented the resolution, stressing the need of legislation against domestic violence and for protection of housemaids’ rights.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the law already existed and as such there was no need of further legislation. However, he said the government would respect the opinion of the house.

The House unanimously passed the resolution.

In another resolution that was also unanimously adopted by the House, treasury legislator Nighat Nasir Sheikh stressed the federal government to bring necessary changes in the existing law to check cyber crimes against women and children.

On the opposition of Rana Sanaullah, resolution of Mian Rafiq regarding situation at graveyards was pended till the next Private Members Day.

Contradicting the claims of mover, Rana Sanaullah said that the government was not charging any fee for graves. He said that welfare organisations and management was charging nominal amount for looking after graveyards which should not be taken as government fee. He asked Malik Rafiq to give evidence regarding charging of fee for graves.

On the opposition of Rana Sanaullah, treasury legislator Rai Usman Khan Kharal withdrew his resolution regarding reduction in compulsory service of government employees for retirement from 25 years to 20 years. Rana Sanaullah said that early retirement of experienced employees would create difficulties in managing day to day affairs of departments.

Opposition legislator Amir Sultan Cheema also withdrew his resolution regarding ban on fake and unregistered medicines in the province and stringent punishment for those involved in this heinous crime. Rana Sanaullah said that there was no need of legislation as law already existed that provided punishment to culprits.

Meanwhile, Punjab Government has admitted at the floor of the House that 50000 to 55000 persons in the province were carrying HIV/AIDS virus.

Responding to the adjournment motion of treasury legislator Sheikh Allauddin, Parliamentary Secretary Nazar Hayat Gondal said that majority of the AIDS patients were prisoners. He said that the Punjab Government was providing free diagnosis and treatment facilities under Punjab AIDS Control Programme. He said that it was difficult to impart education and awareness about safe sex due to social norms.