The Sindh government has rejected the results of the census conducted earlier this year and announced that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would call an all-parties conference (APC) on this issue.
In a policy statement issued on Monday, provincial minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said the federal government had conspired to reduce Sindh population in the statistics.
“This move is aimed at reducing Sindh’s share in the National Finance Commission as well as in the national and provincial assembly seats and the job quota in federal government services,” Khuhro, the president of the PPP Sindh chapter, added.
He said the PPP government in Sindh would not accept this conspiracy.
“Almost all major political parties in Sindh have rejected the census results. This census has now become controversial,” he remarked.
Khuhro maintained that his party had pointed out the census staff’s unfair practices but no attention was paid to its reservations.
“The census officials didn’t take notice of the fact that in various districts of Sindh, census forms were filled by enumerators themselves. The census staff wasn’t even able to reach many areas,” he noted.
“We also requested them [census officials] to provide each family with a copy of their filled form, but the census staff didn’t bother to pay any heed to us.”
The PPP leader said the party had raised this issue given that the federal government had always manipulated the census results in the past.
“The PPP government in Sindh will not succumb to any pressure and will raise this issue at every forum,” he added.
“We will take it up at the upcoming Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting too.”
Khuhro said in all sectors including water distribution, natural resources and the divisible pool, the federal government had created problems for the province.
“We will call an APC on this issue and devise our future course of action.”
The provisional summary results of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 that were presented in a meeting of the CCI on Friday.
According to the results, Sindh’s share in the total population remains unchanged at 23 per cent.
Sindh is the most urbanised province having 52.02 per cent population in urban areas – a result that could disturb rural-urban quotas of the provincial assembly seats and jobs.
Sindh remains the second most populated province with 47.886 million people, which is 23 per cent of the total population.
Sindh’s population has grown by 57.3 per cent or 17.44 million during the past 19 years, but its overall share in the national population remains stagnant.
Sindh’s annual growth rate remained 2.41 per cent – slightly above the national average. Sindh’s urban population has increased to 52 per cent as compared to 48.9 per cent in 1998.
There are 48 per cent or 22.96 million women in Sindh – which is one per cent up when compared with the 1998 results.