Pakistan Army has been awarded with the Judicial powers during the process of the 6th Population census 2017.
As the first phase of house listing and population census begins today (Wednesday) amid hopes and fears, the interior ministry has given the army judicial powers to hand down on-the-spot verdicts against those who refuse to cooperate or give false information.
“The ministry has approved a summary to give judicial powers to the military personnel supervising the national headcount exercise,” an official of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the body responsible for holding the census, said on Tuesday.
According to the PBS Census and Survey Member Habibullah Khan, the bureau had sought these powers for its enumerators to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
“The law already provides for giving punishment but the PBS wanted that the judgments should be given on spot to compel the people to cooperate and remain truthful,” he added.
According to the law, those who refuse to participate in the national headcount or give false information will be liable to a 50,000-rupee fine and a six-month jail term.
The first phase of the 6th population census , covering 63 districts in four provinces and special areas, will begin today with house listing and will be completed in two phases by May 25.