Census 2017 challenged in Sindh High Court by PPP

Census 2017 challenged in Sindh High Court by PPP

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday has challenged ongoing population census in Sindh High Court (SHC).

Petition narrates secrecy in population census as unconstitutional.

While talking to media, PPP’s Farhatullah Babar said Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have also expressed their concerns pertaining to head count.

He said every segment of society is expressing concern. PPP wants transparency in process of population census. Important information should be uploaded on website whereas a mechanism should be crafted to address complains.

First national census in 19 years kicked off last week amid tight security from around 200,000 military personnel.

A 70-day data gathering operation, starting in 63 districts and protected by police and soldiers, is being carried out by 118,000 officials.

The previous census was completed in 1998 and the long delay in updating it is down to a lack of funds, political disputes and insufficient troops to keep everybody involved safe.

But in December the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court set a deadline of March or April, saying a census was essential to democracy.

Seats in parliament are allocated according to population density and without a census the number of seats cannot be decided.

Rural populations in the world’s sixth-largest country frequently change as people try to escape poverty and ethnic or sectarian violence by moving to towns and cities.