Sindh PA coverage

Sindh to go to fed govt to save harbour

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE Minister for Fisheries told the Sindh Assembly Friday that he hoped the Korangi Fish Harbour Karachi (KFHK) would be handed over to the Sindh government for which he will be meeting the Federal Minister for Fisheries Sunday.
During the question-answer hour, Fisheries minister Zahid Ali Bhurgari explained that in 2002, the Sindh government had approached the federal government for control of the harbour as a source of revenue. His response came to a supplementary question from Opposition MPA Arif Mustafa Jatoi who wanted to know about the harbour’s liabilities which were touching Rs 428 million.
The session was marked for questions on livestock and fisheries and were answered by their ministers Abdul Haque Bhurt and Zahid Ali Bhurgari in writing and orally. Jatoi was active in questioning, as he once held the post of food minister, while other members such as Muhammad Nawaz Chandio, Nadeem Ahmed Bhutto asked a number of supplementary questions.
In one, Livestock minister Abdul Haque Bhurt gave details of 97 vacancies in his department, including animal husbandry in Hyderabad, animal breeding in Hyderabad, the central veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Tandojam, poultry production and research in Karachi. During the first four months of 2008, three farms in Karachi were affected by bird flu and a total of 8,547 chickens suffered and 8,043 chickens were culled.
The Livestock department has been maintaining five farms in the province at Livestock Experiment Station Karachi (484.20 acres), Red Sindhi Cattle Breeding Farm T.M. Khan (2,483.16 acres), Livestock Experiment Station Nabisar Road (4,266.08 acres), Livestock Development & Research Farm for Kundhi Buffaloes Rohri (819.39 acres) and Kamori Goat Farm Khudadad Dadu (82.18 acres).
Minister for Fisheries Bhurgari answered a question saying that during 2005, the department produced a total of 85,047 metric tons of fresh water fish which went up to 90,575 metric tons in 2006 and 99,352 metric tons in 2007.
“The salinity level in Keenjhar Lake is normal for fish but a bit higher in Manchar Lake,” he explained. “Due to the discharge of Manchar Lake water into the River Indus, the salinity levels are expected to go down.” On a ruling from Speaker Nisar Khuhro, for him to present the exact PPM (parts per million) level of salinity, the minister assured the House that he would do so at the next session. He refuted claims by one member about the displacement of fishermen around Manchar Lake and said that the current government had worked for their welfare. “It was the Pakistan Peoples Party government that abolished the contract system for fishermen and also set up boards in all districts where they would be elected by their folk to obtain representation,” he said.
When an MPA said that they should visit Manchar Lake to see the real picture, the minister said that he would first arrange a lavish party of fish and lobster and then they would be welcomed.
Some of the MPAs of both coalition parties, the PPP and MQM, besides the PML-F started to ask at this point rather ‘unusual’ questions, such as ‘What is bird flu?’, ‘How long is fresh water fresh water?’ Whether the ‘operation’ mentioned in a question related to either a military operation or surgery? How did officials maintain the good health of fish in fresh water?
Upon this, Jam Tamachi asked the speaker on a point of order about the lack of seriousness of the MPAs who were tabling irrelevant and ridiculous questions, wasting the precious time of the provincial assembly. “We are here and are spending a huge amount of public money and should avoid wasting the time of the assembly,” he said.
This was appreciated by Speaker Nisar Khuhro who said that only relevant supplementary questions would be taking place.
Media walk-out over journalist’s murder: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has condemned the murder of Dadu-based journalist, Azeem Leghari, and has appointed Hyderabad DIG Sanaullah Abbasi to supervise the investigation.
He was speaking at Friday’s session of the Sindh Assembly, after Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri raised the issue of Leghari’s murder and illegally filed cases against Mukhi Tekumdas, another journalist from Thana Bhola Khan. A large number of journalists covering the proceedings of Friday’s session staged a token walk out in protest over the targeting and harassment of journalists.
The parliamentary committee of journalists also held a condemnation meeting at the committee room and offered Fateha for the slain journalist. Shazia Marri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) deputy parliamentary leader Faisal Sabzwari were also present.
-Published in Daily Times | Aug 23, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on August 25, 2008.

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