Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Public, private campuses: House wants concerts banned (Can't you just let the kids have some fun and some loud music?)

Posted By Our Staff Reporter On January 25, 2012 
LAHORE, Jan 24: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution seeking a ban on ‘objectionable’ concerts in all public and private educational institutions in the province.

The resolution was moved by PML-Q’s Seemal Kamran who wanted a ban on all concerts by the educational institutions, terming them unethical.

Rana Sanaullah Khan said the resolution had been moved in reaction to a recent concert by a private institution at the Alhamra Cultural Complex where three girl students died in a stampede. He said all concerts were not unethical and he had no objection to the resolution if it contained the word “unethical concerts.”

He said the news of the event was marginalized because the institution belonged to the owners of a media house. The media would have made it an issue had there been a government institution involved, he said.

Rana was quickly obliged and the resolution was adopted by inserting the word of his choice — `objectionable’ concerts.

The house also adopted four other resolutions and kept another pending because of the absence of its mover. The fifth resolution sought to be moved by PML-Q’s Amna Ulfat about a request to the federal government to ban showing of Indian movies in Pakistan was found infructuous after the law minister said the subject had been devolved to the provinces and Punjab was adopting the relevant law.

Ms Samina Khawar Hayat’s resolution was adopted. It sought recommendation of the house to the federal government to grant blue passports to the MPAs as were being given to the MNAs and senators.

The second adopted resolution was moved by Chaudhry Zaheer, asking the provincial government to make the federal government save wastage of billions of dollars obtained as foreign loans for running Scarp tubewells.

The third adopted resolution was moved by Ms Humaira Owais Shahid which recommended the provincial government adopt population control steps, form a comprehensive related policy and allocate funds for the purpose in the next budget.

The fourth adopted resolution was moved by Chaudhry Amir Sultan Cheema, demanding proper waiting rooms for the attendants of patients in all government hospitals in the province.

The resolution which was deferred was moved by Mr Ziaullah Shah, seeking boundary walls around all graveyards in the province, and steps for curtailing theft of shrouds and the occult there.