KARACHI - If a brief verbal spate between a PPP legislator and an angry MQM minister at the floor of the Sindh Assembly on Thursday is any indication of things to come, it looks the coalition partners are heading for a confrontation and crisis after the passage of the new Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2010. When PPP member Nasrullah Baloch accused Town Nazim Sukkur of recruiting employees through an alleged fake advertisement and criticized MQM for praising the Nazim, the Sindh Minister for Information Technology Raza Haroon angrily responded to the taunt and said that the allegations were false and baseless. However, before, the verbal spate could take some ugly turn, Speaker Nisar Khuhro prevented and diverted the issue by ignoring the protest of Nasrullah Baloch and gave the floor to Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani to respond. Mr Durrani said that he had already given assurance to the member that all illegal appointments would be cancelled and he has ordered inquiry into the issue. Local Government Ministers comments are the first indication that there could be witch-hunting and large scale inquires into various kinds of allegations that may crop up in future and may lead to a confrontation between the coalition partners. PPP member from Sukkur, risen on a point of order and said that on April 30 2009, he had drawn the attention of the House towards the recruitment made through fake advertisement. He further said that the said Town Nazim has recruited 250 employees in December last. The PPP legislator said that he remained silent when the MQM members praised the town Nazim Sukkur on February 15 and added that they (MQM) wanted to sabotage things there. Upon which Sindh Minister for Information Technology Raza Haroon strongly protest in an angry voice and said that the member has levelled baseless allegations against the Nazim. Before, the House was prorogued and sine die, Speaker Nisar Khuhro announced that Sindh Governor has given assent to the Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which the House unanimously passed on February 16. The House which was set in motion by Speaker Nisar Khuhro at 12:00noon, two hours beyond the scheduled time of 10:00am, adopted the Sindh Public-Private Partnership Bill, 2010, which the Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro tabled in the House. Speaking in favour of Bill, Sindh Minister Syed Sardar Ahmed said that the bill was aimed at creating a conducive environment for private sector participation in infrastructure development projects in the province of Sindh through public-private partnership projects. He said that it is expedient to expand the provision of infrastructure services and improve their reliability and quality for accelerating economic growth and achieving the social objectives of the government; to mobilize private sector resources for financing, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure projects, to improve efficiency of management, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and development facilities by introduction of modern technologies and management techniques, to incorporate principles of fairness, competition and transparency in public-private partnership projects, and ancillary matters, and enact a law. He said that there shall be a Public-Private Partnership Policy Board in the province to formulate Public-Private Partnership policy based of strategic goals and ensure its implementation in the province. The board will comprise 11 office bearers. Sindh Chief Minister will be the Chairman of the Board, Advisor/ Minister P&D will be its vice chairman; Chief Secretary will be its member and minister of concerned department will be it co-opted member. Senior minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Sasui Palejo, Zahid Bhurgari, Dr Mohan Lal, MQM member Heer Soho supported the bill. PPP legislator Haji Munawwar Ali Abbasi pointed out shortcomings of the bill and said that it would be better if reservation of members were addressed. He, however, supported the bill. After hearing speeches, the chair put the bill in the House after law minister read out it clause by clause, which passed into law. The house carried question answer session of revenue and relief department.