Centre causing delay in census, delimitation matters, says Murad


THATTA: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that the federal government had failed to expedite work on census results and carrying out delimitation exercises.

“This has raised the apprehensions of delaying general elections which PPP would never allow,” the chief minister said while talking to media after laying a foundation stone of a hospital being established by a local NGO, Sahil Welfare Trust here at Darya Peer village on the Coastal Highway near Mirpur Sakro of District Thatta.

Murad said that in the CCI meeting held on Aug 25 permission was sought to lay provisional census results. But sorry to say, one of the federal ministers on the floor of the National Assembly said “the Sindh chief minister had accepted the census results.”

He went on to say that in the CCI meeting of Nov 13, he had lodged a complaint with the prime minister against the irresponsible statement given by the federal minister about him. The prime minister upheld the chief minister’s point of view and said meeting was meant only for laying provisional results not for approving the results.

He said that in the CCI meeting there were eight votes but he was the only one who had discussed census results ranging from average numerical size of a family unit, male- female ratio, average housing units in rural and urban areas in the meeting.

Murad said that the federal government after laying census results in the CCI meeting of Aug 25 called Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee meeting (IPCC) on September 7 to discuss the census and delimitation mattes.

In the IPCC meeting, it was pointed out that the census and delimitation matters belonged to CCI, therefore they referred them to the CCI.

The prime minister had called CCI meeting on November 13, and said a constitutional amendment was required for starting …read more

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