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SHC suspends Faryal Talpur’s Assembly membership over Sindh dog-bite cases

Sindh High Court Sukkur bench has suspended the membership of two Sindh Assembly members, including Faryal Talpur, over dog bites in the province.

The court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Muhammad Raza on dog bite cases in Sindh. It suspended MPA Faryal Talpur and Malik Asad Sikandar. Both legislators were elected from Ratodero and Jamshoro.

The court sought an explanation from the chief secretary as to why the MPAs were not overseeing the dog killing campaign.

The judge directed the Larkana and Shikarpur deputy commissioners to submit their reports too. The hearing was adjourned until March 31.

A week ago, the court had said it would suspend the membership of any lawmaker who would not oversee the campaign to kill stray dogs.

It had previously ordered registration of FIRs against lawmakers and asked to oversee the campaign to kill stray dogs in their constituencies.

“This is not the function of MPAs and MNAs,” said Murtaza Wahab, a spokesman for the Sindh government. He said this was the job of the local governments.

“It’s inappropriate to issue an order against someone who is not responsible for the job,” Wahab added.

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