Sindh Assembly passes universities bill amid protest

Karachi (HRNW): The Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 have been passed again in Sindh Assembly amid protest by members of opposition parties, under which the powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah. The opposition members tore the copies of the bill on Friday to protest against the controversial legislation, which was earlier returned by Governor Muhammad Zubair to the provincial government for a review. The Sindh assembly with several fresh amendments adopted the bill with majority vote amid opposition protest. The legislation gives Chief Minister the power to regulate 24 public universities of the province. The leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly Khawaja Izharul Hassan MQM (P) and other members of the opposition parties objected over the piece of legislation.

“The bill is against the very spirit of democracy……The government is taking the powers in its hands to provide the guidelines to the universities. Please avoid doing this,” said MQM-(P) leader. “Leave these matters at the disposal of the academic councils of the institution,” Hassan further added. The Chief Minister countered the objections of the opposition parties saying, “We do not want interference in the affairs of the universities. Instead, we want to improve the situation,” The opposition members tore copies of the bill and walked out of the house in protest.

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