Balochistan, KP also have reservations over census: CM Qaim Ali Shah


KARACHI: Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah has said that Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had expressed reservations over census during the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) however he would bring them on same page.


While addressing participants of the Sindh Assembly, CM Shah said that the government had proposed Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to hold census in phases however, the recommendation was turned down.

The Chief Minister said reiterated that the census has not been cancelled but postponed until the second meeting of the CCI on March 25.

The Sindh Chief Minister stated that he forwarded his recommendation during Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting on February 29.

He said that Pakistan Army cannot provide around 3 lac personnel for census due to the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb. However, another session would be held on March 25 to discuss the issue, he added.

Sindh CM said that earlier in the All Parties Conference (APC), Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) expressed reservations over census however, Punjab did not maintain a clear stance.

On Monday, Council of Common Interests in a meeting in the federal capital had decided to reschedule the census due to commitments of security forces and ongoing operations.

It was decided that new dates for the census would be given after consultation with the stakeholders. The body was also briefed on import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

The CCI’s agenda also included formulation of National Flood Protection Plan-IV 2015-25. It also discussed pumping of drainage effluent, rationalization of water distribution from Hub dam and early completion of RBOD-III.