KARACHI: On Monday, Tehreek-i-Insaf, the ruling Pakistan, raised its serious objections to the findings of the population census in Karachi, expressing fears of numerous political parties in the province, including its ally Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), but called on Sindh political stakeholders to embrace the 2017 National Census and bring in every possible attempt for a new headcount at
The idea came from the party’s top leadership as Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, said parties were seeking to make the census contentious, which could not be overturned, but could only be corrected in the country with a new census.
He defended the decision by the PTI government to approve the census, stating that the party had no choice in the midst of the country’s other serious challenges.
“There were several other challenges when we came to power [in the centre] that were more serious and needed immediate attention,” he said while speaking at a press conference at Insaf Building, the party headquarters. Then came Covid-19, which confused the problems further.
Now this consent for the 2017 National Census has arisen in Sindh as a significant obstacle for the parties. But the parties, which include our allies and enemies, are actually playing politics and scoring points. No one gives ideas for a solution.
He said it was not feasible to launch a new census separately in those blocks because, both administratively and constitutionally, this was not possible. The PTI said it did not agree with the amount of the population of Karachi recorded in the 2017 National Census, but it would not seek its reversal, but would call for a new one at the earliest.
The parties are actually playing politics and scoring points. No one is giving suggestions for a solution
There is no question that the results of the census bear too much significance for the citizens of every area, said Mr. Naqvi. The services are distributed on the basis of census numbers and the cities get their share of the overall national growth. Unfortunately, this area is home to all of those persons who consider themselves as citizens of other cities but use all the services of this metropolis. In their home cities, they even record their ballots.
He said the political parties had to realise that any dispute on the basis of the 2017 census could lead to a delay in elections for local bodies that were desperately needed for Karachi and other parts of Sindh to grow.
“As per the 2017 census, the 2018 general elections were also held and the constituencies were also formed according to the 2017 census,” he said. If 10 further questions were posed to fix one question, the dilemma will not be solved. In order to accept the present census and to administer the next census as soon as possible, we have come up with the best option, but not to delay the local body elections. Under Article 140-A of the Constitution, municipal government elections are obligatory.
The status of members of municipal bodies is more than an MPA for the general public as the councillors, UC chairman and vice chairman address all the essential problems of the streets.