Pakistan

Census 2017 challenged by PPP in SHC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has challenged mechanism of conducting countrywide sixth ‘Population and Housing Census’ in Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday, ARY News reported.

Former Spokesperson of Presidential Office and Leader PPP, Farhatullah Babar, filed a petition in SHC in which Federal Government, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), and other concerned authorities are nominated.

The petition states that several matters relating Census 2017 have kept confidential, which is depriving the masses from right to know.

It urges that the entire procedure of conducting census should be transparent.

The former spokesperson while talking to media persons said that he had written a letter to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and expressed his concerns on census 2017.

“Complaints from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also being received”, he said while urging key information must be shared with the masses via internet.

It is worth mentioning that Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah had also expressed concerns over procedure of conducting census 2017 and said that terms and conditions of census were being violated.

In this context, MQM-P Leader Farooq Sattar also urged anti rigging measures for census 2017 by stating people should be taken into confidence.

The sixth population and housing census are being conducted after 19 years in the country, however, various political parties have expressed concerns and reservations over it.

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