The citizenry is appalled at the legislation submitted in the Sindh Assembly, “The Sindh Protection and Prohibition (sic) of Amenity Plots Bill 2009”, which ostensibly purports to provide protection for amenity plots, but, in reality, subjects these public spaces to the whims and fancies of corrupt elements and land-grabbers.

There are four noteworthy sections of the proposed law: 1) Section 1(2): “It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on and from 2nd day of May, 1994”. 2) Section 3: “Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being, force or any judgment, order or decree of a court, no amenity plot shall be converted to or utilised for any purpose, but subject to the provisions of Section 4 of this Act.” 3) Section 4: “Whenever, if the Provincial Assembly passes a resolution to the effect that an amenity plot may be converted to or utilised for any other purpose, Government shall, after receiving the resolution passed by the Assembly, process the matter in the prescribed manner.” 4) Section 5: “The provisions of the Act shall have overriding effect, notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force.”... Read More ( )