Sukkur: The Sindh High Court has restored the membership of PPP leaders Faryal Talpur and Gyan Chand Israni in the Sindh Assembly. Both were suspended earlier this month due to an increase in dog bites in their constituencies.
During Wednesday’s hearing, the court expressed frustration at being threatened with a verdict.
“The provincial ministers wanted to influence the case by threatening us. One minister said there would be a judge [targeted with] A rocket launcher, “Justice Aftab, presiding judge, remarked in court.
“We are not accountable to the Sindh government – so stop threatening to suspend our salaries,” the court said.
Talking to media after the hearing, MPA’s lawyer Farooq H Naik said that he had apologized to Justice Aftab for the threats.
The Sukkur bench of the SHC is hearing a petition seeking suspension of both the legislators on the issue of increasing dog bites in its constituency.
At today’s hearing, defendants’ attorneys argued that MPAs were not responsible for dog bites in their constituencies – it was the job of the local government.
The court then ordered the secretary, local government, to issue a written statement claiming responsibility for the dog bites.
He also ordered the Sindh government to compensate the heirs of those killed by dog bites.
Furthermore, “If anyone has lost an eye or is in pain, the Sindh government will compensate them. We will take action against the officers who fail to fulfill this responsibility.”
Following the completion of the arguments, the court restored the membership of the suspended legislators.
Prior to the suspension of the two lawmakers, there was a backlash from the federal and provincial governments, to which Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the court’s move was a clear violation of the constitution.
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