Sindh Assembly again passes journalists’ protection bill
The Sindh Assembly has passed the Protection of Journalists and Media Practitioners Bill, 2021 with a majority vote, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Last week Governor Sindh Imran Ismail had rejected the bill after raising some objections over it. The PPP Sindh government voted in favour of the bill while the PTI voted against it.
Talking to media persons on Monday, the spokesperson of Sindh government and Deputy Information Secretary, PPP Sindh, Murtaza Wahab said that the democratic government in Sindh once again passed the journalists' protection bill for the second time. The first time, Governor Ismail had rejected the bill after raising objections over it but now after its passage from the provincial assembly for the second time, the governor could not reject it, he added.
Wahab said journalists for long had been demanding for the bill that would guarantee their protection, ‘now we have fulfilled their demand.’
He said the Protection of Journalists and Media Practitioners Bill, 2021 would be sent to the governor in a couple of days. This time the governor cannot reject it, the PPP spokesman said adding that the governor did not have a mandate now to stop it.
Wahab lamented that the federal government could not take along all four provinces. The government could not solve the Kashmir issue, he maintained. He said the government was good enough to create problems. He deplored that load-shedding of gas had started even in summers.
The PPP spokesman said that the peaceful atmosphere of the Sindh Assembly was vitiated a few days ago. He lamented that the opposition tried to do politics of containers in the Sindh Assembly.
He said today the Sindh province was facing a shortage of gas, electricity and water. The people ruling in centre are not elected, they are selected, he added. He deplored that today the MQM should have raised their voice over the gas shortage, but they kept their mum.
Wahab condemned the opposition’s attempt to bring a bed inside the assembly. He wondered what kind of tradition, the opposition members were established in the assembly. He said the person who led the funeral procession lived in Bani Gala.
Reporter: Azad Nehrio