Balochistan Assembly passes 4 resolutions

The Balochistan Assembly on Friday unanimously passed four resolutions including demand for re-opening the Pakistan Peoples Party founding leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case and condemning attack on Jamiat Ulem Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani presided over the assembly session.

Balochistan Minister for Works and Communication and new president PPP Balochistan Mir Sadiq Umrani moved the resolution which said: “This house appreciates the President Asif Ali Zardari’s efforts and step for re-opening of the case, due to which ZAB was awarded life sentence and hanged. This house demands of the apex court to re-open and re-conduct hearing of that case.

ZAB was biggest leader of Asia and he was victimized of judicial murder. The persons responsible for judicial murder of ZAB be brought to justice”.

Delivering speech, Mir Umrani said dictators toppled a democratic government on 5th July 1977. He said ZAB government was overthrown in the darkness of night.

“ZAB was implicated in a false case and he was deliberately hanged in a false case while he was innocent,” Umrani said adding that the case in which ZAB was hanged should be re-opened and hearing into that case should be re-conducted.    The Speaker put the resolution to the lawmakers who passed it unanimously.

Balochistan Minister for Forests and Jamiat Ulema Islam leader Maulana Abdul Samad tabled resolution which reads: This houses strongly condemns suicide attack on convoy of JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Anbaar area of Sawabi district on March 30, in which 10 innocent people including four security guards were killed. The house also flayed another suicide attack on JUI chief convoy in Charsada on March 31, in which 15 people were killed and many others injured. This house demands of the federal government to arrest of perpetrators of the two attacks besides ensuring punishment to them.

Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha, and lawmakers including Jaffar Khan Mandokhail, Robina Irfan, Mir Sadiq Umrani and others supported the resolution. This resolution was also adopted unanimously.

Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha moved resolution which reads: “This house recommends the provincial government to approach the federal government for seeking relief on unbalance domestic bills being dispatched to domestic customers of Balochistan. The house demands for giving exception to domestic natural gas bills from GST besides reducing domestic unit prices by 50 percent in Balochistan.”

The house passed this resolution unanimously.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid MPA Jaffar Mandokhail tabled resolution which demanded laying 220KV new high transmission lines from Dera Ismail Khan to Zhob and from Och Power Plant to Quetta immediately so that power crisis being faced in Balochistan could be resolved.

Speaking on his resolution, Mandokhail said acute shortage of drinking water had been reported from various districts of Balochistan due to horrible power load shedding.

He said very poor people could not purchase one tanker of water from tanker mafia at Rs 2000, adding that therefore, the government should take steps to resolve load shedding issue.

Ministers and other lawmakers including Agha Irfan Kareem, Robina Irfan, Ali Madad Jatak, Mir Shahnawaz Marri and Zahoor Buledi contended that power load shedding had devastated fruits gardens and standing crops of Balochistan.

They demanded to get electricity from Iran who is offering to provide it to Balochistan at cheaper rates.

The house also adopted this resolution unanimously.

The Deputy Speaker said the Balochistan Assembly had completed its parliamentary year on April 01 as the assembly proceedings were held for 100 days during this year.

He said the legislation was made during the parliamentary year include passage of 17 bills, nine government resolutions, six non-government resolution and disposing off 16 adjournment motions and 56 questions.

Later, the chair prorogued the assembly.