KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement has submitted a requisition, requesting to summon the Sindh Assembly session to discuss the law and order and targeting killings in the city.

Led by their parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly, Sardar Ahmed and deputy parliamentary leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan, the MQM lawmakers submitted the requisition to the Secretary Sindh Assembly.

In its requisition addressed to the SA Speaker, the MQM lawmakers have requested the Speaker to summon the Assembly session to discuss the law and order of the city which is worsening with each passing day.

Under the rules, at least one fifth strength (42) members are required to sign the requisition signature to summon the Sindh Assembly session; however, the MQM has strength of 48 members. 

Under the rules of procedures of the Sindh Assembly, when required members submit the requisition, the Speaker is bound to summon the provincial assembly session within 14 days.

But practice showed that whenever the opposition submits requisition, the government summon the government session of the Assembly through CM’s advice to the governor to take up the government business. After submitting the requisition, Sardar while talking to media said the rangers and police had failed to protect the city from criminals.

Reiterating the demand to call the Pak Army in the City, they added that rangers and police have failed so calling the army is under the law and democratic in reference to Section 149 of the Constitution.

Hasan said the army had previously been deployed to deal with many other civil issues such as heavy rains and flooding. He mentioned that the military also facilitated the general elections so it could be called in to control the prevailing violence in the City as well. “Karachi is the economic hub of the country but ongoing violence has forced residents, especially the members of the business community, to flee from the City,” they concluded.

Meanwhile, Acting Speaker Shehla Raza has said that she would decide according to the rules and procedures.

With reference to the CJP’s remarks for LEAs to arrange his visit of Lyari and other disturbed areas of the City, she said the CJP was not allowed to come out of the airport during the regime of Musharraf.