LAHORE - Women legislators at Punjab Assembly on Thursday raised their concerns at the braid chopping of women in Indian Held Kashmir.

The Opposition also demanded debate in the House on 56 companies causing loss of billions of rupees to the government exchequer but lack of quorum led to adjournment of session without completion of agenda.

The session started one hour and 10 minutes beyond the schedule with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair.

Treasury legislator Dr Farzana drew attention of the House towards increasing incidents of cutting of plaits of women in Held Kashmir. She said that so called civil society organizations were silent on the issue. She said that these people were ready to launch protest against any incident in the west. It seems, she said, highlighting atrocities in Occupied Kashmir was not on their agenda.

Supporting her colleague on the treasury benches, PTI’s Raheela Anwar said that humiliation of sisters in Indian Held Kashmir was not acceptable. She urged the government to raise the issue on international forums. She said that the UN should take notice of this blatant violation of human rights in Kashmir.

On a point of order, Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said that 56 companies established by the provincial government were showing losses of billions of rupees. He said that performance of these companies including Lahore Waste Management Company and Saaf Pani Company was zero even after consuming more than Rs80 billion. He said that blue eyed were getting lucrative salaries and other perks and privileges. He said that these untouchables were not answerable to anyone. He demanded general discussion in the House on the working and performance of these companies.

During Question Hour on Schools Education, treasury legislator Maulana Ghias-ud-Din accused Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) of handing over more than 90 schools in Narowal district to Qadiyanis. He said that students enrolled at these schools would be denied Islamic education and as such would be at risk of ruining life after death. He urged the government to take notice of this important issue.  Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan claimed considerable increase in enrollment od students at government schools during the last four years, saying the number of students have increased from 9 million to 13 million. He said that enrollment would further increase. He said that a system has been devised for monitoring working of schools which would also help improving performance of teachers. He said that process of recruiting 13,000 educators has been completed which would help overcoming shortage of teachers. He claimed that all recruitments were made purely on merit through a transparent mechanism.

Opposition legislator Ahsan Riaz Fatyana pointed quorum. As the quorum remained incomplete even after ringing bells for five minutes, the chair adjourned the session till Friday (today) at 9am.