KARACHI - The House on Tuesday adopted a resolution moved by MQM member Syed Khalid Ahmed to ensure uninterrupted supply of 650MW from National Grid to Karachi Electric irrespective of any past agreement.

Speaking on the occasion, MQM member said that since Karachi was the economic hub of the country which contributes 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer, electricity shortage would badly hamper the national economy.

Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah informed the house that Sindh government has approached the federal government following the resolution passed by this assembly on January 27. He said that the Sindh government, in a letter, requested the federal government to ensure supply of 650MW to K-Electric (KE) from the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC). He said that till 1996 there was no electric crisis in the country adding that the crisis began in 1997 when NEPRA was established. Sindh Assembly members expressed concern over cracker attack on a private school in Karachi and demanded strict security for educational institutions.

MQM member Adnan Ahmed drew the attention of house toward cracker attack on a school in Gulshan Iqbal and said that no elaborate security arrangements were seen in the area. The MQM member said there was some 27 schools located in his constituency Gulshan-e-Iqbal but no proper security steps were taken in the area. According to school management, government so far has made no contact with them, he said. He said terrorist were openly circulating pamphlets.

Deputy Parliamentary leader of MQM Khawaja Izharul Hassan called for in-camera briefing from Sindh government over security matter, as the law-and-order situation in Karachi became grave. “Today a private school was attacked with hand grenade by miscreants who dropped threatening pamphlets as well. The situation demands that lawmakers should be briefed on over all security matters at an in-camera session,” he said.

Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that government has issued directives to the managements of private schools to make security arrangements on their own, raise security walls, install gates and maintained security monitor systems in their schools. He said that the government was busy taking care of underprivileged government.

He said that the police and administration had rushed to the spot after the attack and assured that government was striving hard to prepare strict security plans. Khuhro agreed with Khawaja Izhar for sharing information with assembly members regarding security plans so suggestions could be invited.

The House passed another resolution piloted by PML-F minority member Nand Kumar regarding implementation of 5 percent quota reserved for minority in employment in government jobs.

MQM minority members Dewan Chand Chawla, Punjoomal Bheel, PPP member Mahesh Kumar Malani supported the resolution.

Sindh IT Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla said that PPP government was implementing the 5 percent quota in its true spirit.

The resolution of another PML-F member Saeed Nizamani regarding payment of salaries to Hur Mujahid Force was deferred. The House was adjourned till Friday morning.