KARACHI - Women lawmakers from opposition parties in Sindh Assembly on Tuesday lashed out at the Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza for her ‘inappropriate behaviour’ and warned that if she would not change her attitude then the joint opposition parties would bring in a no-confidence motion against her.

The women lawmakers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz made this announcement during a joint press conference after the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday.

It is pertinent to mention here that the opposition parties excluding MQM-Pakistan announced to bring a no-confidence movement against the deputy speaker on Tuesday, however, they changed their stance and gave last warning to her to change her attitude after persuasion from MQM-P.

Addressing the conference, the PML-F lawmaker Nusrat Sehar Abbasi said that the attention of the deputy speaker is on the treasury benches and totally ignores the opposition parties.  She said that the deputy speaker yesterday said that she was alone in her protest but now the presence of women lawmakers from all opposition parties should have awaken her from deep sleep.

“The provincial government is unable to run the affairs of the provincial assembly and we are giving last chance to her to correct herself otherwise she would now face a joint opposition move to de seat her,” she said.

MQM lawmaker Sumeta Afzal said that MQM was also annoyed on the attitude of the deputy speaker and she should have to improve her attitude with the lawmakers.

“On the contrary of her, Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani also runs the assembly proceedings and no one has issues with him,” she said.

PTI lawmaker Seema Zia said that it was difficult for them to participate in the assembly business due to harsh attitude of the deputy speaker. “She is on a seat which should serve without any prejudice but unfortunately this is not happening,” she said adding that her attitude is derogatory and biased towards the opposition benches which is also against the rules and procedures of the assembly.

PML-N lawmaker Sorath Thebo said that the deputy speaker uses harsh tone for the lawmakers and threaten to throw them out through sergeant at arms.

“This behavior is intolerable and if continued then we will not allow to run the assembly affairs,” she said adding that she is herself a women and should know how to treat them.

Moreover, the Sindh Assembly also passed a resolution pertaining to commencement of Sugar Cane crushing on time and fixing official rate of cane crop in the Sindh province. The resolution was tabled by PML-F lawmaker Saeed Khan Nizamani.

Earlier, the provincial government opposed the move after the PML-F lawmaker tried to speak on the issue through adjournment motion in the sitting before but the Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izhar ul Hassan asked the government to pass the resolution so that the growers could be benefited. He said that every year this issue came to light during the crushing season of sugar cane but no proper mechanism is being devised to implement it on time in order to avoid losses to the growers. Speaking on the issue, Minister for Information Nasir Hussain Shah said that the issue was being created as the federal government is yet to allow export of sugar from the country.

“This is not the issue to do politics and those who are raising voice for it in Sindh Assembly are also sitting in federal government and should pursue their central leadership to resolve the issue at federal level so that relief could be passed on to the growers and sugar cane industry,” he said.

Saeed Khan Nizamani lambasted at the provincial government for not fixing sugar cane prices said that those who raise slogans of Roti, Kpra and Makan are depriving the poor growers from their basic rights. The House also adopted a resolution from MQM lawmaker Rana Ansar regarding appointment of lady teachers in primary schools to educate children for having better results in the province.

Although the resolution was passed but Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the women could not be appointed on all primary school seats as there were several areas where even men shy away to get appointment in those areas then how could a women could serve at those far flung areas.

MQM Parliamentary Leader Syed Sardar Ahmed said that the lady teachers could prove better for improving educational standards in government schools and the government should also appoint male teachers but should give priority to female teachers. Moreover, the house also adopted a resolution expressing sorrow and solidarity with the deaths of hundreds in devastating earthquake in Iran and Iraq and demanded of the government to send relief teams to the countries in order to help the quake affectees.

A bill titled Sindh prohibition on manufacture, promotion and sale of gutka and mainpuri, 2017 was also tabled in the house by PPP MPA Rubina Sadat Qaimkhani and would be taken up in next sitting on the private members day.

The House was later adjourned for Friday.