Islamabad [Pakistan], December 25 (ANI): The Muttahida Quami-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P), which is allied with the ruling PTI, has filed objections to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government which accepted the controversial 2017 census despite objections, with the party. leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said this decision ended their “choice of cooperating with the government”.
The MQM-P leader said his party had formed a coalition with the Khan-led government “based on the census”, but “despite MQM objections to the census results, the federal government went ahead and approved it.”
“Why are we even part of the government? Do people have to claim all their rights by taking to the streets,” he questioned.
Based on Geo NewsSiddiqui said on Thursday that in the 2017 census, the population of Sindh’s large cities proved to be 25 percent less than the real number.
Our doubts regarding the inaccuracy of the 2017 census are proven right now … We have gone to court to report our concerns before the census even started, he said.
“If they can’t count us properly, how will they give us our rights,” he asked.
“It seems we have no other choice but to take to the streets. In Karachi, people younger than 18 don’t even count,” he added.
Siddiqui’s comments come after the federal cabinet on Wednesday endorsed the submission of the Sixth Census of Population and Housing, 2017, report for final approval from the Council of the Common Interest, Geo News reported.
Geo News citing further he said that the option to cooperate with the government had ended after the approval of the controversial census. “The census is a matter of life and death for people in downtown Sindh,” he said. (ANI)
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