Opposition demands answers


The issue of deaths due to spurious drugs in the province remained centre of attention in Punjab Assembly with the Opposition demanding resignation of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and also the punishing the culprits.
The hallmark of the session was lack of quorum, which was pointed out five times by the Opposition during five-hour session.
The questions relating to departments of Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology and Tourism were put in the session. Parliamentary Secretary Rana Muhamamd Arshad while responding to the questions said the CM had approved two stadiums for every tehsil. He said Punjab government gave Rs 40 million annually to Punjab Sports Board to promote healthy activities in the province. To another question, he said that 17 guards were performing duty at Jahangir Tomb.
Opposition leader Raja Riaz Ahmed came hard on the Punjab CM and said that he was thinking of giving advertisement of finding Punjab CM. “I would write in the advertisement that Punjab CM has gone missing,” he said.
He also accused the CM for not taking the issue of spurious medicines seriously. However, the speaker stopped him from talking against the Punjab CM on medicines issue, at which the Opposition walked out and the session resumed after quorum was pointed out. Again Raja Riaz Ahmed criticised the Punjab CM. “Earlier 800 people were killed due to dengue and now people are dying due to spurious drugs. It is all due to Punjab CM whose stubbornness is causing deaths of innocent people,” Raja Riaz said. He demanded of the speaker to postpone the proceedings of the day and initiate debate on the spurious drugs. Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan said the government would accept the proposals of Opposition on the fake medicines and the House would be informed on daily basis about the actions taken in this regard.