Sindh Assembly seeks ban on making, importing toy guns

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution unanimously demanding for a ban on manufacturing, import and sales of toy guns in the province.

“Many countries in the world have banned the toy guns and Pakistan should also follow suit,” MQM lawmaker Saifuddin Khalid told the house after tabling the resolution on a private members day.

He feared the toy guns could grow negative tendencies among the children. Opposition Leader in the house Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan said that his party had initiated the debate through the resolution to ban the toy guns with a view to bring a change in the society.

“It is important for entire Sindh including Karachi. Other provinces should also step up with such resolutions to ban toy guns,” he advised and requested to the parents not purchase them for their growing children, besides asking the government to implement the resolution.

PPP’s Jam Khan Shoro warned that the toy guns that exactly resembles the original one were being used in robberies, and quoted an incident had happened in Lahore in which police opened fire at children killing them on the spot after seeing fake arms in their hands. PTI’s Syed Hafizuddin asked the legislators to bring in a similar resolution to ban original guns in the country. The house also adopted three other resolutions unanimously. MQM’s Saleem Rajpot demanded for establishment of a university in Sukkur.

MQM’s Zafar Kamali sought setting up of a high court bench in Mirpurkhas and Naheed Begum asked the government to make the Waseela-e-Sehat part of Benazir Income Support Programme as mandatory spending for mother and newborn child health. In a reply to MQM’s Heer Ismail Soho’s adjournment motion, Sindh Local Bodies Minister Syed Nasir Shah said that the authorities had already started anti-encroachment drive to cleanse the storm water drains. The anti-encroachment drive continues for the last five days, he added.

Heer Ismail had contended in her motion that despite the chief minister Sindh’s directives, encroachments existed on the drains. The house also adopted a private bill with a unanimous vote to allow naming the Gambat University of Medical Sciences after Pir Abdul Qadir Gillani Institute of Medical Sciences.

Source: Business Recorder