Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal said on Sunday that the Sindh government was conspiring against Karachi by changing constituencies and the whole country would suffer the consequences.
Speaking at a PSP rally at Liaquatabad flyover, Kamal said the population of Karachi was shown less than what it actually was in the latest census as part of a conspiracy against the city.
“When we aren’t even counted properly, then we have the right to stand up for being counted,” he added.
“As the citizens of Karachi are being deprived of their rights, nobody should have any problems when they start speaking their minds.”
Kamal said all government departments were taken away from Karachi but the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) had chosen to remain silent over it.
“In the latest census, the population of Karachi was shown seven million less than what it really is,” the PSP chief maintained.
“The population of Karachi makes 43 per cent of Sindh, but the census figures put that at 33 per cent.”
On the other hand, Kamal noted, the population of Lahore, which did not have an influx of people from other cities, had been shown to be 12 million in the latest census against 6.7 million in 1998.
“This way, the masses are being duped into believing that the population of Lahore grew at a rate of three per cent per year and Karachi’s at 1.5 per cent per year,” Kamal added. “How can that be with Karachi hosting so many migrants and internally-displaced persons?”
Kamal said Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah was involved in a major conspiracy against Karachi under which the populations of districts South and Malir had deliberately been reduced.
“Constituencies are being altered for personal gains and the entire country will suffer because of this as Karachi generates 70 per cent of its revenue,” he remarked.