KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar lashed out at the ‘injustice’ done to Karachi in the provisional results of the 6th countrywide housing and population census. According to him, Karachiites are being treated as Red Indians and third-class citizens in their own country.
Sattar was addressing the media at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. All the reservations that MQM-Pakistan expressed while the census exercise was going on have been proven correct, he said. “It’s not just Urdu-speaking Karachiites,” said Sattar. “All the settlers, Punjabis, Baloch, Pakhtuns and other communities living in the city are being told through the census results that they are third-class citizens.”
The population of Sindh’s urban centres is deliberately manipulated with to minimize their headcount, said Sattar. “We are being given the message that we are third-class citizens of the country we created.”
Sattar asked if Sindh’s urban centres are not part of the country. “This time, we have not been pushed to the wall,” he said. “We have now been immured into the wall.”
According to Sattar, a new series of exploitation of Sindh’s urban population has begun. He said that all the previous censuses were as discriminatory towards Karachi and other urban centres of Pakistan as this one. “It was perhaps the census of 1951 that is the only fair one,” he said. “Since then, the urban population of Sindh is deliberately manipulated with.”
We will never accept these unfair, unjust results, he said. “We reject the census of 2017 because of prejudice and injustice that is condemnable.”
Sattar said that doing injustice to Karachi is tantamount to playing with Pakistan’s sovereignty as the city is the economic backbone of the country. “The injustice done to Karachi is unprecedented.”
He censured Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa for harming Karachi with manipulated, unfair results.
Story first published: 29th August 2017