Condemning the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement for not taking a bold stance over the federal cabinet’s decision to approve the controversial 2017 National Census, Pak Sarzameen’s Party (PSP) on Saturday demanded that the top court take a suo motto notice of the census results.
PSP head Syed Mustafa Kamal addressed a press conference at the party secretariat, Pakistan House, where he said MQM-P had run its entire election campaign on the seven million missing people in the city who had unexpectedly been counted in the census but were coalition partners in the federal government, he acknowledged the results of the census, knowing that different notes never influenced cabinet decisions.
“Now they are [MQM-P] have decided to ask for public support but angry people with shoes in their hands waiting for their leader on the street, “said Kamal.
He added that MQM-P will never resign from the ministry knowing that they will be arrested as soon as they leave the government, and their priority is their ministry, not the people of Karachi.
The PSP chairman announced that his party would formulate a strategy to oppose the census agreement because it was based on hostility towards Karachi. “The census that was held after a period of 18 years was rejected by all segments,” he said.
“The Chief Justice of Pakistan said that Karachi’s population is not less than 30 million. If the residents of Karachi, the capital of Sindh, where all the sub-nationalities live, are counted correctly, the Sindh people will get their rights. “
Kamal said the identity cards issued by the National Database and Registration Authority with a permanent address in Karachi are more than 25 million. “The number of voters on the voter list is more while those in the census results are very few,” he said.
He said everyone who was aware had called the controversial census an anti-Pakistan move. “We asked those in control of the state how many more certificates of patriotism would the Karachi people have to present in order for them to be considered equal citizens?” He asked.
He further asked why Pakistan’s political elites and rulers fear Karachi which is the lifeline of the country’s economy.
Kamal says Karachi is an ill-fated city that has global status because of its resources, potential and diversity, but those who have run the country don’t even consider it part of Pakistan.
He was of the view that cities like Karachi were made the capitals of countries around the world but in Pakistan, the status of the federal capital was unfairly taken away from Karachi and the new city of Islamabad when the federal capital was founded.
“When these steps did not produce the desired results, all the factory people who migrated here after Partition, who brought in money, trade, education, health, business and industry were taken by the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto government overnight,” PSP chief said. “The bureaucrats who are the base for Pakistan’s prestige were dismissed overnight after making them special duty officers.
Kamal recalls that during the same period, Bhutto implemented an unfair quota system, slaughtered his services and created an invisible wall of hatred between Muhajir and Sindhi – two communities of brotherhood in Sindh. He added that Sindhi suffered the most from the quota system.
Calling a case against the MQM-P leadership, the PSP chairman said references were being made to opposition leaders but no reference was being taken to MQM-P supreme leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Aamir Khan and Wasim Akhtar as they are allies of the government. .
“MQM-P continues to cry over resources and authority instead of serving the community, but remains silent when the power of the local government is seized by PPP,” said Kamal. “They are allies of the PPP-led provincial government and they themselves hand over local government resources and authority to PPP.”
He regrets that for the past 13 years, Karachi’s water supply has stopped and no government buses have been brought to its roads. “This is extreme oppression against Karachi and all this oppression was carried out by the so-called city representative party while it was in government,” he said, referring to MQM-P.
Kamal added that MQM-P, which has been known as a strike action, has never called for a strike on the authority of the regional government, the census and the rights of the people.