Condemning the rejection of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s bill concerning representation of special people in the country’s elected houses by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on `Law and Justice’, the party’s Coordination Committee demanded of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take immediate notice of the Committee’s decision as such an act amounted to injustice and usurping rights of the special people.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Coordination Committee said that the MQM wanted that all those special people who were mentally sound and educated must be given representation in the country’s elected houses so that they themselves could raise the issues being faced by them.
Quoting reports of World Health Organization and other welfare organizations, the Committee said that of the total 15 per cent special people, five pc fell under the category of mentally disturbed people whereas remaining 10pc were mentally sound.
Recalling that the MQM had raised the voice for the representation of the 10pc mentally sound special people in the elected houses of the country on Dec 17, 2013, the Coordination Committee said that it was an irony that even the previous Assembly had also pushed aside all the MQM’s bills including the one that pertained to the special people’s representation in the elected houses of the country.
It said that the MQM had tabled in the National Assembly a bill concerning special people’s representation in all elected houses of the country, but after an objection was raised by a concerned minister, the bill was referred to the NA’s standing committee on Law and Justice.
However, the NA’s standing committee took up the MQM’s bill concerning special people’s representation in the elected houses in its meeting held on Feb 17, the secretary of the committee bulldozed the same, saying that there was no provision in the law for the special people although the Haq Parast MNA, Ms Kishwar Zehra, who too attended the meeting, fought and forcefully advocated the special people’s case in accordance with the MQM’s vision.
Lashing out the Standing Committee’s decision of rejecting the MQM’s bill vis-à-vis special people’s representation in the elected houses of the country, the Coordination Committee demanded of the president and the prime minister to bring to halt to the injustices being meted out to the special people, ensuring representation of special people in the elected houses of the country, besides taking concrete measures for the convenience and comfort of such people in their daily life.