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Sindh Assembly Passes Resolution Calling For Lifting Of Ban On Student Unions

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The provincial assembly of Sindh passed a resolution asking the Sindh government to lift the ban on student unions in educational institutions.

The resolution was moved by Pakistan People’s Party member Nida Khuhro and was endorsed by three opposition parties; Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Grand Democratic Alliance and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The resolution was passed unanimously and also called for the introduction of a code of conduct to avoid conflict between various student organisations.

According to a report in Dawn, Nida Khuhro was of the view that the resolution was important for the youth of the province and would allow them to meaningfully engage in democratic, social, cultural and political processes in the country and province.

She was of the view that student unions would allow students to enhance their leadership skills.

The house recommended to the provincial government to lift the ban on student unions in light of Article 16 (freedom of assembly) and Article 17 (freedom of association).

The resolution stated that student unions would allow students to hone their diplomatic, debating and leadership skills.

Many students belonging to various organisations were allowed by the assembly speaker to witness the proceedings.

Moreover, Nida Khuhru stated that student unions were nurseries of producing leaders in the country and were abolished by dictator General Ziaul Haq in 1984.

Information Minister Saeed Ghani was of the view that the ban on student unions had drastically affected the politics of ideology and had promoted the politics of friction and sectarianism.

Furthermore, Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu said that a ban on student unions showed the mindset of dictators and such remnants of dictators should be removed.

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Women Development Minister Shehla Raza stated that good politicians had stopped emerging since that ban was imposed.


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