KARACHI - The Sindh Assembly, on Thursday, unanimously adopted a motion for unseating former Sindh chief minister and chief of the PML-Likeminded, MPA Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, for remaining continuously absent from the sessions since 2008.

Besides issuing a notification in this respect, the SA Secretariat will now approach the Election Commission of Pakistan to declare the seat vacant and hold election on PS-60 Tharparkar within 90 days. It may be mentioned here that Rahim had attended the assembly proceedings only for oath-taking. He had never been seen in the assembly after its first session. The PML-Likeminded chief, who is in a self-imposed exile in Dubai, has earned the wrath of the PPP for pitting his candidates in the recent Senate elections against those from the allies of the ruling party. Animosity against Rahim among parliamentarians from the PPP was brewing since.

Speaker Nisar Khuhro, after the questions-hour session was over, informed the House that the SA Secretariat had prepared a report on Arbab Rahim’s attendance. He remained absent for 40 consecutive days, Khuhro added. Taking the floor of the House, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani moved a motion that stated “Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s seat be declared vacant”. An identical motion was moved by Sindh Minister for Revenue Jam Mehtab Dahar and Food Minister Mir Nadir Magsi and minority MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar. Speaking about his motion, Durrani insinuated that it was the voice of the entire House that the constituency of PS-60 Tharparkar be declared vacant. He also appealed to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and the PPP Co-Chairman to award ticket to Engineer Wali Muhammad Rahimoon for contesting the by-election to the said constituency.