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PA takes up resolution on Karo-kari today

KARACHI, Nov 11: The Sindh Assembly in its second session on Tuesday discussed a private resolution presented by Heer Ismail Soho of the Muttahida Quami Movement requesting the provincial government to treat Karo-kari as culpable homicide. However, the matter will be discussed on Wednesday.

The resolution says: “This House is of the opinion that the murders committed in the name of Karo-kari be treated to be culpable homicide under Section 302 PPC and recommend the government of Sindh to approach the federal government to amend Section 302 PPC accordingly.”

The House also granted permission to discuss the joint motion moved by the leader of the opposition, Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, and the law minister, Iftikhar Chaudhry, on law and order in Sindh. The speaker fixed Friday for a discussion on the law and order motion from 9.30am to 12.30pm. After serious discussion and arguments presented by Qaim Ali Shah and other members the matter was put off till Wednesday morning.

Mr Shah suggested the resolution might be amended, adding that approaching the federal government was not required as crime fell in the concurrent list and Sindh could formulate its own laws in this regard.

However, the speaker suggested that he move a motion regarding his amendments but informed him that an amendment at the national level was more fruitful as it would be applied in all the four provinces.

Sindh law minister Chaudhry Iftikhar opposed the amendment by Qaim Ali Shah on grounds that there would be contradictions in laws at the provincial level and at the federal level.

Mr Shah’s motion was rejected in the House by 56 to 44 following which three motions were presented by Dr Saeeda Malik. Members belonging to both sides agreed that the three amendments presented by Dr Saeeda Malik formed a separate resolution that must be evaluated before approval, whereupon the speaker called on both sides to name members of a committee to look into the matter.

Members from the treasury side are Chaudhry Iftikhar, Nadir Akmal Leghari, Heer Soho, Mohammod Hussain, Dr Saeeda Malik, Sarder Ahmed, Manzoor Panwar, and Ghulzar Unar. However, Nisar Khuro did not announce the names from the opposition side.

Source: Dawn

Date:11/12/2003

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