KARACHI: After Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) has also rejected the provisional census results.
Talking to media on Tuesday, Advocate Anees said that the results of the census are discriminatory towards Karachi, which is not acceptable. He said there is a certain group in the country that doesn’t want equal distribution of resources.
The PSP leader said that the Supreme Court (SC) will be contacted in this regard while rallies and seminars will also be held after Eid.
Earlier, PPP had announced to call an all parties conference (APC) to decide the future plan of action on the issue.
Provisional results of the census released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed that Karachi’s total population is 14.91 million, a 62 per cent increase from the 1998 figure of 9.339 million. In comparison, Lahore’s population went up by a whopping 116 per cent.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar lashed out at the ‘injustice’ done to Karachi in the provisional results of the 6th countrywide housing and population census. According to him, Karachiites are being treated as Red Indians and third-class citizens in their own country.
Sattar was addressing the media at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. All the reservations that MQM-Pakistan expressed while the census exercise was going on have been proven correct, he said. “It’s not just Urdu-speaking Karachiites,” said Sattar. “All the settlers, Punjabis, Baloch, Pakhtuns and other communities living in the city are being told through the census results that they are third-class citizens.”
The population of Sindh’s urban centres is deliberately manipulated with to minimize their headcount, said Sattar. “We are being given the message that we are third-class citizens of the country we created.”
Sattar asked if Sindh’s urban centers are not part of the country. “This time, we have not been pushed to the wall,” he said. “We have now been immured into the wall.”
According to Sattar, a new series of exploitation of Sindh’s urban population has begun. He said that all the previous censuses were as discriminatory towards Karachi and other urban centres of Pakistan as this one. “It was perhaps the census of 1951 that is the only fair one,” he said. “Since then, the urban population of Sindh is deliberately manipulated with.”
We will never accept these unfair, unjust results, he said. “We reject the census of 2017 because of prejudice and injustice that is condemnable.”
Sattar said that doing injustice to Karachi is tantamount to playing with Pakistan’s sovereignty as the city is the economic backbone of the country. “The injustice done to Karachi is unprecedented.”