APC demands Sindh representation in Census Commission

Qaim expresses reservations on matter

Staff Reporter

Karachi—The ‘All Parties Conference’ summoned by the Pakistan People’s Party demanded representation of Sindh in the census commission.
The ‘APC’ was attended by the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and other political and religious parties.
According to joint statement, the meeting said that previous census showed less population in Sindh. It said the issue of census will be raised in the Council of Common Interest meeting. The participants said census commission should have equal representation of all provinces.
CM Sindh Qaim Ali Shah stated that they were not taken into confidence on the formation of the Commission for the census due to which they expressed reservations on the matter. He suggested that better arrangement it should be made for the census and it should not be delayed. He complained that representation of the provinces in the Census Commission was not equivalent.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Kanwar Naveed Jamil said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had a chance to conduct census in 2008, it could also take credit in 2009 but failed to do so.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Arif Alvi suggested that assistance should be taken from satellite images in this regard whereas Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Muzaffar Hussain Shah said the census is to be completed in three days which is not possible.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senator Nihal Hashmi stated that all the parties should complete homework on the census.
Sindh Taraqqi-pasand Party (STP) chairman Dr Qadir Magsi said that the month of March is not suitable for conducting census.

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