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2016-02-23 13:59:14

The census confusion: Would army available to assist with census?

Census

 

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Sunday that the central government was not paying heed to Sindh’s reservation over the census to be held in the country, most probably this year. Speaking at an all parties conference held at the Chief Minister House and attended by opposition parties including the MQM, PTI, PML-N and others, Shah said: “Neither our reservations were addressed nor did the federal government hold any consultation with us”. He said Sindh was neglected by the federal government which did not even consult the province with regard to the commission which, he said, was not a bipartisan body to hold the census. Nihal Hashmi, a Senator of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, endorsed Shah’s views and claimed that the federal government had also similar concerns. He assured the participants of the APC that the federation would not adopt any course of action which would be against the law. Speaking at the conference, PTI lawmaker Arif Alvi said that all the segments of the society must have equal rights in the census. He said electoral rolls and computerised identity cards might help in the census. Given that Pakistan has conducted only one census in the last 35 years, the government’s statistics should be considered to have expired. Not that the government would do much better if it had the correct statistics, but without anything resembling accurate data all decisions are based on and often marred by major statistical guesswork. There is a reason the constitution of Pakistan mandates holding a census every decade. The pattern was followed till 1981, after which only one census was held in 1998. The absence of a census has increased the sensitivities of smaller provinces, with Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakthunkhwa much more active in pushing the government to follow timelines. The PPP leadership in Sindh has called for an All Parties Conference (APC) on the issue. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has called it an issue of ‘life or death’ and has urged the government to convene another CCI meeting to finalise the dates for the next census. The MQM is insisting that the Housing Census 2013 needs to be completed instead of initiating a new census from scratch but the MQM demand will create more problems if accepted. The government would be advised to provide a clear answer to whether it will hold a census in March this year or not. The debate should then move to what methodology will be used to ensure accurate results.

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

 

 

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