PA unanimous on resumption of anti-polio drive
LAHORE, Dec 28: The Punjab Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution demanding resumption of the anti-polio vaccination campaign across the country. According to the resolution, the Punjab Assembly condemned the killings of polio workers in Karachi, Peshawar and Charsadda and expressed condolences with the bereaved families.
It said the house agreed that the terrorists wanted to make Pakistan’s next generation crippled.
In the absence of the anti-polio vaccination campaign, the house said the country would face innumerable health problems which was not acceptable.
Asking a supplementary question during a question-hour related to the irrigation department, Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Education Chairman Chaudhry Javed Ahmad said the department was playing a role of a “terrorist” for farmers as they were being prosecuted at three different forums.
He also suggested that none other than courts should decide about the imposition of fine.
Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood admonished Irrigation Minister Ahmad Ali Aulakh for informing the house that answers of questions had been tabled in the house, which was not true.
“This is tantamount to challenge the sanctity of the house and a strict action needed to be taken against the officials concerned,” he said.
The deputy speaker also asked the minister to coordinate with the Standing Committee on Irrigation and inform the house about the actions taken by next Friday.
Mr Aulakh also agreed with the deputy speaker to discuss the issue of hole in the Upper Jehlum Canal with MPA Mian Tariq Mahmood, who had claimed that the department’s answer was wrong with regard to the repair of the hole and damage done.
During the general discussion on reports of development authorities under the Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976 for the year 2009-10, PML-N’s Rana Afzal said cities were being encroached upon by commercial buildings and there was no symmetry with regard to the ground level of houses in residential localities.
Referring a case of Faisalabad, Mr Afzal regretted that the plinth level of roads could not be determined during the past five years.
He said illegal commercialisation and construction was rampant in Faisalabad. “There is an engineering problem in urban life,” he added.
Earlier, Dr Samia Amjad suggested that an income tax counter should be established in the Punjab Assembly for providing advisory services to MPAs.
The deputy speaker adjourned the house proceedings till Monday (Dec 31).