PPP challenges census in SHC

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday has challenged ongoing population census in Sindh High Court (SHC) Petition narrates secrecy in population census as unconstitutional.
While talking to media, PPP’s Farhatullah Babar said Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have expressed their concerns pertaining to head count.
He said every segment of society is expressing concern. PPP wants transparency in process of population census. Important information should be uploaded on website whereas a mechanism should be crafted to address complains. They national census began last week amid tight security manned by around 200,000 military personnel.
A 70-day data gathering operation, starting in 63 districts and protected by police and soldiers, is being carried out by 118,000 officials. The previous census was completed in 1998 and the long delay in updating it is down to a lack of funds, political disputes and insufficient troops to keep everybody involved safe.
But in December the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court set a deadline of March or April, saying a census was essential to democracy.
Seats in parliament are allocated according to population density and without a census the number of seats cannot be decided.
Rural populations in the world’s sixth-largest country frequently change as people try to escape poverty and ethnic or sectarian violence by moving to towns and cities.
The security staff is protecting census teams and ensure households can enter data without being intimidated by powerful feudal landlords and political families who fear losing influence.Some people criticised the decision to include only nine of the estimated 70 languages used in Pakistan.