KARACHI: On Saturday, Pak Sarzameen Party President Syed Mustafa Kamal requested that Prime Minister Imran Khan revoke the decision of the federal cabinet to authorise the contentious National Census-2017 and conduct local government elections across the country on the basis of the results of the previous census.
He also asked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan to part ways with the Tehreek-i-Insaf government of Pakistan and remain on opposition benches if the cabinet decision was really against it.
“This census can never be approved by the PSP as it is a question of life and death for us. If our demand is not fulfilled, it means they really don’t recognise us Pakistanis,’ he said at a press conference at the headquarters of the Pakistan House party.
Warns MQM-P of public backlash if it continues to stick to ministries
Mr Kamal, accompanied by party president Anis Kaimkhani and others, said it was an open secret that the total population of Karachi was not counted in the sixth population census conducted in 2017, but despite this, a few days ago, the PTI and the MQM-P approved the results of the “fake and controversial” census.
He said Pakistan’s Chief Justice was on record claiming that Karachi’s population was not less than 30 million. He said that by merely verifying the record of the National Database and Registration Authority that had provided 25 million identification cards in Karachi compared to the census statistics that showed the population of Karachi as 15 m, the right population of Karachi could be known.
Slams MQM-P for sticking to ministries
Once again, Mr Kamal heaped scorn on the MQM-P, saying that Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, its convener, said that his party would go to the people to take their point of view as to whether to remain in office.
He said that if they confronted them while remaining in office, the people would throw shoes at the MQM-P leaders. He urged the MQM-P to abandon the governing coalition, sit on the opposition benches and then go and get their opinions on the topic from the people.
He said, however, that the MQM-P would never withdraw from the federal cabinet ministries, and this was the only reason that it decided to write a simple dissenting note when the contentious census was accepted by the cabinet.
He said that the MQM has never organised a rally or called for a strike on topics of public interest. He said the MQM spoke with the city about injustices, but did not note that while enjoying ministries and influence, it “tolerated” all the oppression.
In the joint investigation team report on some accused RAW agents recently captured in Karachi, he alleged that the name of Dr Siddiqui was listed in the name of the MQM-P convener who brought them to India. That’s why they won’t leave ministries because they know they’re going to be detained as soon as they leave the country,” he said.”
Mr Kamal cautioned that a silent revolt was knocking at the doors of the city on linguistic lines, but “we will not let it succeed as we are against it.”
Mr. Kamal said that Karachi was an unfortunate city as a military tyrant stole from Karachi the title of the capital of the country and built up an entire city to establish a “artificial” capital.
He said that factories and companies, especially those belonging to the Urdu-speaking community, were nationalised during the era of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and that a gulf was developed between the Sindhis and the Mohajirs through a rural-urban quota system that still existed.
He said Sindh’s interior was still under the rule of landlords and feudals and Sindhis had fled their rural ancestral homes and migrated to the towns of the province and Karachi.
He sought a fair census for Karachi so that their due rights could be secured by the Mohajirs, Sindhis, Pakhtuns, Punjabis, etc, as the number of national and provincial assembly seats in Karachi will increase according to their true population.