KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Monday was adjourned sine die after legislators passed into law four bills and deferred another one to the next session.
The house also unanimously passed a resolution eulogising the services rendered by the assassinated chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party, Benazir Bhutto, in the restoration of democracy in the country.
The bills passed during the Monday session were the Agricultural Produce Markets (Amendment) Bill, 2009; the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Bill, 2009; the Sindh Criminal Prosecution Services (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Bill, 2009; and the People’s University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Benazirabad, Bill, 2009.
The bill deferred to the next session was the Sindh Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill, 2009.
Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro read out the Sindh governor’s order adjourning the session sine die.
Earlier, the house completed the legislative work on the four bills.
The legislators unanimously passed the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Bill, 2009 after a debate.
Law Minister Mohammed Ayaz Soomro told the house that the bill was aimed at managing and regulating technical education and vocational training in close coordination with the industry in the province.
He said it was expedient to provide for the establishment of an authority known as the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority set up under an ordinance promulgated on August 6, 2007 and protected by the Provisional Constitution Ordinance, later promulgated on November 3, 2007.
The bill was taken up clause-by-clause and passed into a law unanimously.
The MPAs took up the government-sponsored bill, the “Agriculture Produce Markets (Amendment) Bill-2009,” but the law minister, who introduced the bill, requested the chair to defer its consideration to allow consultations with a coalition party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. While his consultations with MQM parliamentary leader Syed Sardar Ahmed were under way, the house disposed its some other business.
Later, the house deferred the bill till the next session.
The legislators also unanimously passed the People’s University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Zulfikarabad (formerly Nawabshah district) bill, 2009.
Law Minister Ayaz Soomro told the house that the law would pave the way for upgrading the People’s Medical College to a university. He said the PPP and its allies had been making great efforts to promote education across the province and establish high-quality educational institutions at school, college and university levels.
He said the People’s Medical College after being upgraded to university would benefit all and sundry and provide education of higher standards in the medical field with modern facilities.
Heer Ismail Soho, Humera Alwani, Shama Mithani, Marvi Rashdi, Syed Fasih Shah, Syed Bachal Shah, Ghulam Qadir Chandio, Farheen Mughal, Shehla Raza, Tariq Arain, Zareen Majeed, Shamim Ara Panhwar, Rasheeda Panhwar, Dr Rafiq Bhanban, Ram Singh Sodho, Dr Sikandar Shoro, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto, Rukhsana Shah and several other legislators spoke in support of the bill.
They said they hoped the university would emerge as an institution of international standard opening up vast opportunities of higher education and research for women students coming from the backward districts of Sindh.