* Assembly rules state any member can be unseated due to 40-day continuous absence
KARACHI: Former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim may loose his provincial assembly membership if his leave for absence is not granted for an extra period of over three weeks.
According to the Sindh Assembly (SA)’s rules of business, any member could be unseated due to his continuous absence of 40 days.
According to the rules, his seat could be declared vacant in case of his continuous absence for the period.
“If a member remains absent without leave of the assembly for 40 consecutive days of its sitting, the speaker shall bring the fact to the notice of the assembly and thereupon any member may move that the seat of the member who has been so absent be declared vacant”, section 56 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh stated.
Dr Rahim has remained on leave from the provincial legislative house proceedings continuously since four years. He lives in self-exile in Dubai. He had left for UAE soon after taking his oath as the assembly member in April 2008.
Ruling PPP and his allies had been granting his leave continuously for four years in the Sindh Assembly. However, they have kept his leave application for the first time, since last assembly session. Currently, the Sindh Assembly is also in session since February 29.
According to the official record, Dr Rahim remained absent without leave for nine days of the last session, and six days of the current session also.
His group’s members had moved a leave application on Dr Rahim’s behalf during last session, which the ruling PPP and its allies had kept in pending. According to a member of Arbab Group, Abdul Razaque Rahimoon, they will move another leave application on behalf of Arbab on Monday.
It will be seen what the PPP and its allies decide on second application of Arbab, but his supporters fear that the PPP now wants to unseat Arbab Rahim for his non-cooperation with the PPP during Friday’s Senate elections. “It seems that now they will unseat Arbab for his refusal to withdraw his candidates from the Senate polls”, said Rahimoon.
Ruling PPP had persuaded Dr Rahim and his group’s members for not fielding their candidates in the Senate to get the polls uncontested, but Rahim had refused despite the fact that his group had only four votes.
PPP sources said that their members continuously voted in favour of Arbab’s leave for last four years but he did not cooperate for getting the Senate polls uncontested. Therefore, they added, now the PPP will not be morally bound to provide legal cover to further absence of Arbab.
Rahimoon, however, said that his group would knock the court of law if Arbab Rahim is being unseated. He said that the court would be informed that Rahim’s leave applications were granted for four years but not being accepted for using his democratic right that he fielded his candidates in the Senate elections.
Dr Arbab Rahim’s leave application rejected
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
KARACHI: Sindh Assembly (SA) on Monday rejected former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s leave application for the first time during his four years’ absence from the house proceedings.
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