Public rally: BNP-M leader says conditions not right for census

The BNP-M leader criticised the Balochistan government for not approaching the Supreme Court


Mohammad Zafar February 13, 2017
The Balochistan Assembly. PHOTO: EXPRESS

QUETTA: Chief of the eponymous faction of the Balochistan National Party Akhtar Mengal on Sunday voiced his opposition to the holding of a census in Balochistan on the grounds that thousands of people had been forced to leave their homes and a population count could only be credible if the displaced persons were rehabilitated before the exercise.

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His remarks came at a public meeting on Saturday. The BNP-M leader criticised the Balochistan government for not approaching the Supreme Court with a request for cancelling the scheduled census in Balochistan.

Mengal claimed that since the census in Balochistan was a tool meant to convert the Baloch people into a minority in their home province it was unacceptable.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2017.

COMMENTS (1)

Khan | 4 years ago | Reply So when can a census be held in Balochistan? Another 20 years? Such a basic function for a democracy should not be held up because certain parties are afraid that their power will be diminished.
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