KARACHI - Following a huge rally of MQM expressing solidarity with the armed forces against Taliban, the Sindh Assembly lawmakers are likely to demand from PML-N’s federal government to take decisive action against militants, besides adopting Sindh Environment Bill into law in Monday’s session of the assembly.

As the representatives of the PPP, PML-N and other parties participated in a public rally by MQM in Karachi, the house of provincial legislature could witness a joint struggle by all three parties - PPP, MQM and PML-N - by asking for a decisive action against Taliban.

When contacted, the lawmakers of two parties confirmed that they would take up the issue in today’s session of the Sindh Assembly.

Meanwhile, the provincial assembly of Sindh is also set to pass the ‘Sindh Environment Protection Bill 2014’ on Monday (today), taking lead on other three provinces in making legislation for protection, conservation and rehabilitation of environment after passage of 18th Amendment in the Constitution.

The Sindh Environment Protection Bill 2014 was already introduced by the provincial legislature, while consideration to convert it into law is part of the agenda of tomorrow’s proceedings of the house.

The proposed bill aims at protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment as well as prevention and control of pollution for promotion of sustainable development in the province.

Provincial Minister for Environment and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro told The Nation that the bill had been finalised after getting input from environment experts and civil society organisations.

The environment protection law would be applicable to safeguarding the environment in air, water, land, all layers of the atmosphere, all organic and inorganic matters and living organisms, ecosystems and ecological relationships, buildings, structures, roads, facilities and works and all social and economic conditions affecting community life.

The government has proposed to establish environment tribunals and green courts to implement the law by punishing the violators of the environment.

The environmental tribunals will consist of a chairperson, who is, or has been, or is qualified for appointment as a Judge of the Sindh High Court to be appointed after consultation with the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court.

Besides two members of the tribunal to be appointed by the government, of which at least one shall be a technical member with suitable professional qualifications and experience in the environmental fields.

The proposed environmental tribunals will hear the complaints of any aggrieved person, who has given notice of not less than 30 days to the Environment Protection Agency.

According to proposed law, all the contraventions punishable under Sub-Section (2) of Section 21 shall exclusively be triable by the Green Courts designated as such by the High Court, that is the court of the senior civil judges –cum-judicial magistrates at the district headquarters and the court of civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates at the sub-divisions.

The green courts will be having powers to give punishment or fine of Rs5 million against the violators of the law of Section 13 and 15.

In the proposed law, the green courts and environmental tribunals shall have powers of passing sentence of fine of Rs5 million to accused violators of the law.

After passing the bill into law expected today, the Sindh province will be the first province having a provincial Environment Protection Law.