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Sindh Assembly passes resolution against division of Sindh

By Agencies

KARACHI: In the absence of members of the opposition and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan Peoples Party on Thursday managed to unanimously pass a resolution in the Sindh Assembly against the division of the province or formation of new administrative units.

The resolution was jointly moved by Sohail Akbar and other PPP members in the backdrop of a recent demand by the MQM to create more administrative units in Sindh.

Read more » DAWN
http://www.dawn.com/news/1134279/sindh-assembly-passes-resolution-against-division-of-sindh

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Sindh Assembly calls for dissolution of the Council of Islamic Ideology

Sindh Assembly calls for dissolution of CII

By Hafeez Tunio

KARACHI: Irrespective of their political differences, the lawmakers of Sindh have not only criticised the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), but have also tabled a resolution calling for the dissolution of the council entirely.

The assembly showed strong reservations about the recent recommendations of the CII that, they believe, reveal a complete indifference and insensitivity towards women.

“No minimum age for marriage, recommendations against DNA testing for rape cases and no requirement of the wife’s consent for a second marriage are recommendations by the council’s head that are regressive and anti-women,” states the resolution, which was moved by Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, an MPA

Read more » The Express Tribune
http://tribune.com.pk/story/689518/sindh-assembly-calls-for-dissolution-of-cii/

Rape cases: Sindh Assembly calls for mandatory DNA tests

By: Daily Dawn Report

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution which calls for making DNA tests mandatory in rape cases. The resolution was tabled by PPP MPA Sharmila Farooqi.

As per the resolution, DNA tests should be mandatory in all rape cases, the costs of which should be supported by the Sindh government.

The resolution comes in the wake of controversial recomendation by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) last month which had attracted a great deal of criticism from women rights organisations.

The CII had recommended that DNA should not be included as a primary evidence with regard to rape cases.

They held the view that Islam has set procedures to determine cases of rape and said Islamic procedure should be adopted during investigation.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had called the CII declaration “regressive, unfortunate and unkind to rape victims.”

The HRCP also called on the new government for an urgent reconstitution of the CII.

A number a civil society groups have called for the CII to be abolished in the ‘larger interest of a progressive and tolerant society’.

Courtesy: DAWN
http://beta.dawn.com/news/1017553/rape-cases-sindh-assembly-calls-for-mandatory-dna-tests

Sindh may commute death penalty to life

Sindh – Karachi: Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza has stated before Sindh Assembly that as many as 228 prisoners including a woman are waiting for capital punishment in jails across provinces, Geo News reported. He said government is in serious deliberation to modify the capital punishment law into life imprisonment. During the question and answer session in the house, the minister said that a total 228 prisoners have been awarded the death penalty over different charges while there is a woman among them. He said the federal government has provided Rs500 million in terms of a development package for the police department allocated a budget of Rs1 billion for the police department to be spent on the construction of buildings and police check posts in the province.

Pakistan India Peace: Join us in Sindh Assembly Event

pak-india-flagReport by: Zulfiqar Halepoto, zhalepoto@yahoo.com
Honourbale Speaker of Sindh Assembly, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro is leading an event of signature campaign in Sindh Asssembly building, Karachi. Please join us at 3 pm sharp on Saturday, January 17th, 2009.

Joint Signature Campaign by Citizens of India and Pakistan Against Terrorism, War Posturing and To Promote Cooperation and Peace From 8th January 2009 to 8th February 2009 (To be submitted to the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan with Copies to important political functionaries and media houses of both countries.)

New Sindh Assembly Web Site

A letter to the Honorable Speaker Sindh Assembly

It is disappointed that the site http://www.pas.gov.pk is only available in English and Urdu. It is indeed shameful that “Sindhi web version” is missing from one of the most important institution of Sindh.

Anyway, I searched for e-mail addresses of various senior officials but none were available. I therefore submitted my appeal to start work on the Sindhi version using the facility of the “Contact Us” functionality. My appeal is reproduced below. I urge other fellow Sindhis to do the same and as well send your appeals to prominent PPP leaders and senior government officials. To go to the “Contact Us” function, click the following link, write your appeal (feel free to use part or all of the text that I used), and click the “Submit” button:

http://www.pas.gov.pk/index.php/contactus/form/en

I also plan to write letters separately to other PPP officials whose e-mail addresses are available with me. My recommendation is that we escalate our campaign for the addition of the Sindhi version further if the concerned officials do not respond to our appeal in the next few days.

——-TEXT OF APPEAL SUBMITTED ON http://www.pas.gov.pk WEB SITE —–

Dear Mr. Speaker,

Congratulations on the launch of the new web site of Provincial Assembly of Sindh. We are grateful to the Government of Sindh and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their partnership on this project. However, unfortunately, millions who can only read Sindhi and have no reading proficiency in Urdu or English will not be able to appreciate this great accomplishment. An immediate action from your office to add Sindhi version of the web side will be greatly appreciated.

We are cognizant of the fact that you have assumed the role of the Assembly leader only few months ago but the fact remains that the voters who can only read Sindhi played an extremely critical role in the last elections that enabled you to become Speaker and PPP to form government in Sindh.

The exclusion of Sindhi language from the web site of one of most important institutions is a clear violation of the “Teaching, Promotion and Use of Sindhi Language” law passed by this very institution on 7 July 1972. The clause 6 of this law requires that Sindhi should be used in offices, courts, legislature, and other institutions of Sindh.

We sincerely hope that this matter will receive your immediate attention and a Sindhi version be added before native Sindhis become further alienated from the representatives that they helped to elect.

Sincerely,

Khalid Hashmani

McLean, Virginia

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Sep 5, 2008