KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal warned on Sunday that if a fair census was not conducted in the city, his party would lock Karachi down.
“Over the last 70 years, we have never been equally counted because the state is scared of accurately counting us. By growing the sense of deprivation in Karachi, you will build the terrorists of tomorrow. “But I refuse to step back and fight until my last breath,” Mr. Kamal promised as he spoke at a broad rally in front of the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
The rally today is simply a trailer. If the census is not done fairly, we will close the city down. We are going to hold sit-ins all over the city before our demand is acknowledged,” he said, adding: “Count us until we let you count us correctly.
He requested that the 2017 census be deemed controversial because “our next seven generations” would not be counted properly if it did not occur.
PSP holds rally against ‘undercounting’ of Karachi population
The rally started from Nursery and a huge number of people, including women and girls, marched through Sharea Faisal to the KPC, the culminating point of the rally, on bikes, in cars, buses and trucks, where a large protest demonstration was held to record their protest against the federal cabinet’s approval of the divisive National Census 2017.
Shouting slogans and waving the tri-colored flags of PSP inscribed with its election emblem, Dolphin, the participants in the rally held banners and placards inscribed with such conditions such as ‘Avoid legalising divisive census’
The central leadership, including Mr. Kamal and Anis Kaimkhani, president of the PSP, were on a truck leading the march, which took five hours to hit the KPC.
PM asked to take ‘positive U-turn’
Mr Kamal, speaking at the protest, asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to rescind the decision to recognise the findings of the 2017 census.
“Take a positive U-turn in favour of the people, Imran Khan Sahib, and they will forgive all your previous U-turns,” he added.
He reminded the prime minister that his party had not carried out any construction work in the town, but he was never named “chosen” or “incompetent” by the PSP and did not side with the opposition coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
Mr Kamal said that it seemed that Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Pakistan’s local leadership was not committed to the prime minister.
Heaping scorn at the competitor Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), he told PM Khan that the day Asif Zardari came to power, he had made an alliance with “thieves” who would take little time to unite with the Pakistan People’s Party.
He said that both the PTI and the MQM-P had reached a bargain to approve the census results at the detriment of the citizens of Karachi.
The PSP leader said the findings of the census fit the PPP because the PPP government would never come to power again in Sindh if the census was carried out correctly.
He said 30 per cent of the province’s population lived in rural areas and 70 per cent in the towns of Sindh, but about 80 per cent of the MNAs and MPAs used to win from the constituencies named for the province’s rural parts.
On this subject, Karachi will no longer sit in silence. “Thirty million people in this city will go to any length and ensure that they will never again be undercounted,” he said, urging Pakistan’s chief justice to take note of the unjust census.
Later, the rally’s attendees scattered peacefully.