PA terms ban on entry of Muslims into US unjust


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday through a joint resolution termed the executive order of US President Donald Trump about banning entry of Muslims into his country as cruel and unjust.
The resolution, passed unanimously by the house, said that order would cause provocation in the Muslim countries as it reflected biased mentality, based on enmity of Islam.
The resolution was tabled by PPP lawmaker Fakhar Azam Wazir. It says: `This house appreciates the USA`s court decision (which has suspended Donald Trump decision. So this assembly demands of the Trump government to avoid such steps against the Muslim countries, keeping in view international laws as such acts create hatred against Americans, which is against the America`s interest.
The resolution was also signed by members of treasury and opposition including Minister for Public Health Engineering Shah Farman, ANP parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak, Malik Noor Saleem of JUI-F, Mohammad Ali of JI, Ishtiaq Urmar of PTI and others.Speaker Asad Qaiser chaired the session.
With a delay of around seven years, The hyber Pakhtunkhwa Free and Compulsory Primary and Secondary Bill, 2017 was finally tabled in the assembly to fulfil constitutional requirement. The bill was tabled by Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Mohammad Atif Khan.
Section 3 of the bill states: `Government shall provide free and compulsory primary and secondary education to all the children from the age of five to 16 years in the province of Khyber Pal(htunkhwa.
It says that the parents shall, except in case of reasonable excuse for nonattendance, cause a child to attend a school until the child has completed secondary education.
The bill states that parents, who fail to comply, will be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to one month or fine which may extend to Rs100 for every day after the conviction for which the failure continues or with both.
The school attendance authority, to be established by the government for each school, shall ensure that every child shall attend a school under its jurisdiction and shalltake such steps as it may consider necessary or as may be specified by the government.
Earlier during question hour, several lawmakers depicted a deplorable condition of the health units in their constituencies.
To the question of MPA Sardar Hussain Chitrali, the health department informed the house that out of18 civil dispensaries established in 1992-93, six were functioning.
Another three civil dispensaries established in 2011-12 also couldn`t be made functional as the sanctioning of posts was not approved.
`It is astonishing that health department has failed to make operational the remaining 12 civil dispensaries in 24 years,` said Mr Chitrali while commenting on the health department reply.
The mover said asked as to why government was spending public money only on constructing buildings if it was not interested in providing staff to the facilities.
Mohammad Ali of JI said that there were no facilities and doctors in a Category-D hospital located in Patrak area of Upper Dir. `Out of seven sanctioned posts of doctors, only a single doctor is serving there,` he added.
He said that X-ray machine in the hospital was out of order since long while there was no equipment to be used in blood tests. He said that medical equipment worth Rs45 million was rusting in a room in the hospital as it couldn`t be used owing to absence of electricity.
Through another resolution, the house demanded of the provincial government to immediately ban rapidly growing drug commonly known as ice. The resolution was tabled by PPP lawmaker Nighat Orakzai. She demanded of the government to enact law to award punishment to the users and sellers of ice. She said that many students had become ice addicts.