KARACHI: Expressing apprehensions on the provisional results of census 2017, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) chief Farooq Sattar on Friday said Karachi’s population was no less than 30 million, ARY News reported.
“Conspiracy is being engineered to reduce our seats in assemblies. Our population has been showed to be 15 million less than the actual number,” he said talking to media in Karachi. He also announced to hold a ‘protest rally’ in this regard on November 5 at Quaid’s Mausoleum.
He said MQM-P would provide factual figures on population of Karachi and Sindh in the rally.
Surprisingly, according to the provisional result of 2017 census, population of Lahore has soared from five million to 11 million, while the population of Karachi has only risen from 10 million to 14 million,
Farooq Sattar said the Karachiites were counted in less numbers in censuses of 1998 and 2017. Preparations were being made to rob Karachiites of their rights, he said adding that not only Karachi but the residents of interior Sindh were also counted low.
“This is not a problem of Muhajirs of Karachi, Sukker and Hyderabad only, but of every citizen living here who has not been counted whether Punjabi, Sindhi, Baloch, Hazarawal, Seraiki, Gilgiti or Kashmiri.
“We have reservations on new delimitations as well. Our share is being abbreviated in resources, development funds, employment and educational institutions,” he said.
The MQM-P chief said the citizens of the above mentioned cities were cheated in census.