KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Monday decided to give a last chance to Opposition Leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to appear before the committee to present his point of view; otherwise, the body will take decision in his absence over a privilege motion submitted in the Sindh Assembly against him.

During a sitting held last month (April), the provincial legislature had admitted the privilege motion of the ruling PPP’s MPAs, Imran Zafar Leghari and Saleem Khurshid Khokhar, against Nisar and referred the matter to the committee to come up with an action.

The Sindh Assembly Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, which met with its chairman Mujadid Isran in the chair, postponed the proceedings without deliberating on the privilege motion as the accused opposition leader did not appear in person. With only three of seven members attending the meeting, the committee decided to again write a letter at the PML-N leader’s home address as well as the National Assembly Secretariat to come and present his statement in his defence at the next meeting on May 21.

In the privilege motion, the PPP lawmakers quoted the press clippings of the news conference of Nisar held on March 13, 2011, in which he allegedly used derogatory remarks for the Sindh Assembly members. The privilege motion says the PML-N leader criticised the cultural attire of the people of Sindh reflecting his degrading and bitter attitude, which hurt the sentiments of the Sindhis as well as caused breach of privilege of the lawmakers of the provincial Assembly.

After meeting, Ghulam Mujadid Isran told media persons that the committee wrote two letters to the opposition leader, but unfortunately he neither respond nor attended the meeting.

“The committee has decided to give a last chance to the opposition leader by summoning him at next meeting on May 21,” the committee chairman said, adding that movers of the privilege motion were insisting for early disposal of the agenda and to bring the report in the assembly. Imran Zafar Leghari, who submitted the privilege motion against Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said Nisar had targeted the cultural attire and civilisation of Sindh.

“If Chaudhry Nisar did not attend the committee meeting, the MPAs along with of the people of Sindh will stage a sit-in in front of Parliament House against him,” Leghari warned.

Meanwhile, the MQM MPAs, Syed Khalid Ahmed and Muqeem Alam, who attended the meeting as member of the committee, told media that their party supported the PPP on the issue and condemned the PML-N leader. Meanwhile, the committee also postponed the discussion on another privilege motion of Nawab Muhammad Taimur Talpur, also from the PPP, against former secretary to Sindh chief minister Sohail Akbar Shah, who is currently working as additional chief secretary home department. The mover of the privilege motion did not attend the meeting; therefore, discussion on the matter was postponed till next meeting. However, Shah appeared in persons and presented his view point. Talpur in his privilege motion, which is pending with the committee since March 2009, alleged that he had visited the office of Shah to request him regarding some matter pertaining to his constituency in Umerkot.

But instead of considering the request, the CM’s secretary showed a highly objectionable and undesirable attitude.