'Over 10 million Karachiites missing in census': MQM-P, PSP reject results

Published: August 29, 2017
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MQM-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MQM-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) have rejected the results of the census carried out earlier this year, describing them as ‘fake’.

Speaking at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, the MQM-P leader Dr Farooq Sattar said injustice with Karachi was tantamount to meting out injustice to the entire country.

He added that the census results were not only alarming for the MQM-P but for every person living in Sindh. “The province’s population has deliberately been shown less than what it actually is,” he claimed.

“The people living in Sindh are being treated as second-class citizens,” the MQM-P leader maintained. “They are being denied their legal and financial rights.”

Reiterating that Mohajirs were being pushed against the wall, Sattar said his party would approach the Supreme Court against the “misrepresented” census results.

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The PSP too rejected the results, describing them as a ‘major administrative negligence’.

“People across Pakistan – from Karachi to Wana – have rejected the results, PSP leader Advocate Anis Khan said at a press conference at the party’s headquarters on Tuesday.

He quoted the World Bank and the World Health Organisation’s estimates which place Karachi’s population at around 23 million against the figure of 14.9 million in the new census.

“Leaving out 10 million people in the census is tantamount to depriving Sindhis, Balochs, Punjabis, Pashtuns, Mohajirs and all people of all other ethnicities living in this city of their rights,” he added.

He said all over the world people moved to urban centers from rural areas but the census results indicate the opposite.

“The population of Karachi [according to the census results] increased only 63 per cent in the previous 19 years while that of Lahore dramatically soared by 116 per cent. This is incomprehensible,” he remarked..
He urged the military to take into consideration the reservations expressed by the people of Karachi, FATA and Balochistan on the census results and also requested political parties to urgently deal with this matter.

On Monday, the Pakistan People’s Party, the ruling party in Sindh, had also rejected the census results. In a policy statement, the Sindh government announced that it would convene an all parties conference on the issue.

Parliamentary Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, in the statement, said a conspiracy was hatched by the federal government to show that the population of Sindh was less what it really was.  “This aims at reducing Sindh’s share in the National Finance Commission as well as national and provincial assembly seats and job quota in federal government services,” he said, adding that the PPP government in Sindh will not accept this conspiracy.

Earlier, nationalist parties in Sindh too had claimed that the province’s population had deliberately been shown less to gain political mileage.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • BrainBro
    Aug 29, 2017 - 5:08PM

    The entire process was done by Pakistan Army, so there is no chance of hanky-panky. Recommend

  • Salman
    Aug 29, 2017 - 6:34PM

    Nothing wrong with the results of census. MQM is habitual of making noise and creating provincialism. They are doing linguistic politics since long. All the work of census done by Pakistan Army.Recommend

  • Karachi 3
    Aug 29, 2017 - 8:36PM

    This is worse than election rigging
    A nation that cannot honestly count it’s citizens is surely in deep trouble
    Karachi population data is truely a joke.The Karachi population per conservative estimates is more than 22 MillionRecommend

  • Me
    Aug 29, 2017 - 9:33PM

    This guy doesn’t know stats. Punjab population fell and hence will lose 4 seats. Now is Punjab going to say they’re missing 10 million too now? Recommend

  • raj
    Aug 30, 2017 - 1:44AM

    What do people expect MQM is right Army, Police ISI,ECP and NAB all are Punjabis you will never get justice. Don’t believe me go and look at the institutionalso figures. Recommend

  • Lapog
    Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21AM

    Karachi need to be a separate province. Nothing to do with Zardari anymore.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 30, 2017 - 4:53AM

    There is a possibility that 10 millions people are living in Karachi and they don’t consider Karachi as their home town. Most of these people just come to Karachi to make money and then they go back to their rural area. Recommend

  • Lapog
    Aug 30, 2017 - 5:19AM

    @Salman:
    Hello, loofah. population of Karachi is 25 million. Even the village idiot
    or a punjabi can tell you that.Recommend

  • Salman
    Aug 30, 2017 - 10:04AM

    @BrainBro:
    That’s exactly why the result is suspect.Recommend

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