Sindh Assembly expresses shock and grief over letting train run over couple

Karachi: (Wednesday, January 11, 2012) Members of Sindh Assembly yesterday were shocked to learn about the incident in which a couple was tied to the railway track as a punishment for having married of their own free will.

The couple, however, escaped death after being run over by a train when at the intervention of media they were untied and let go. The decision to tie the couple to the railway tracks until they are dead was made by a jirga in Dahaki
lead by PML-F leader Nusrat Abbasi on Monday. The couple was declared as ‘Karo-Kari’ by the said jirga.

Commenting upon the sad incident, an MPA in the Sindh Assembly commented, “This incident underscored the grim reality about what sort of a country we live in”. Reacting over the incident, and assuring the provincial parliament
about a thorough inquiry into the incident, the minister for law Ayaz Soomro told the house that the government had already ordered an inquiry over the incident. He also told the house that the couple was sent to Darul Aman.

However, the minister noted that such incidents were the outcome of successive military regimes which had only contributed towards the promotion of tyranny and undermining the civic and formal education.

Deliberating on the issue of three missing student, PPP’s MPA Dr. Sikander Mandhro alleged government agencies for abducting the students after they were acquitted in a case.

Mandhro noted that if the students were guilty and wanted by the law enforcing agencies, they must have been presented before the court. Responding to the issue raised by Mandhro, minister for law told the house that he had sought
report on the matter from concerned SSP.

Diverting house’s attention towards another concerning issue, Humera Alwani said that since the murder of Prof. Bashir Chanar, the security situation in Sindh university campus had deteriorated.

Responding to the allegation by Abdul Sattar Rajpur, Ali Nawaz Shah, the minister for Agriculture said he would issue a warning to a sugar mill in Naushehro Feroze to buy sugarcane from the farmers.

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