A delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), led by Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Wednesday shared its reservations over the going digital census in a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad.
The premier, according to a statement released by the PM Office, has asked relevant authorities to resolve the concerns and issues of the party.
In the meeting, MQM-P leader and Information Technology and Telecommunication Minister Syed Aminul Haque and Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq were also in attendance.
The MQM-P delegation also extended its felicitations to the prime minister for the legislation of the Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Bill, 2023, the statement read.
The delegation shared their reservations with the prime minister regarding the ongoing digital census in Pakistan and also informed him about the issues in Karachi.
A day earlier, MQM-P senior leader Farooq Sattar rejected the ongoing first-ever digital census — which is the seventh national census in the country — being conducted by the Sindh government employees.
The party's decision came days after Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) chief statistician Dr Naeem Uz Zafar said that "it is not necessary that Karachi's population will show as 30 million" after the census.
Sattar expressed fears that a plan has been devised to show less population than the actual headcount of Sindh's urban areas.
“46% of the population in Karachi has been counted,” he said, adding that it seemed that the total population of the metropolis would be shown as around 20 million in the census.
The MQM-P leader also demanded a fresh census conducted by an impartial and private sector company. He also asked for access to the census data.
According to PBS chief statistician, about 60% of Pakistan has been enumerated in the ongoing country’s seventh population and house count.
This is the first time the country's population is being counted digitally. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the MQM-P have time and again raised concerns over the population count in the port city.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, a part of the incumbent government himself, had threatened to quit the ruling alliance and said that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had grave concerns over the ongoing census.
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