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Court summons government’s reply over absence of Sikhism in census forms

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday summoned government’s reply over the omission of Sikhism in religion column of the census form.

The divisional bench heard the case and sent notices to Chief Census Commissioner and Provincial Census Commissioner and asked to submit response by March 27.

Heera Singh and other petitioners filed a plea in SHC and stated that hundred thousands of Sikhs living in Pakistan have been excluded in the ongoing population census forms.

The petition stated that the step created sense of depravity among community members who are living in the country. The petioner requested the court seeking directives to the relevant authorities for counting them separately in census.

Sikh community members also staged protest in Peshawar over being left out in census forms and showed disappointment.

While talking to private channel Sikh community representative Advocate Heera Singh said the step is a direct violation of article 36.

The first phase of the sixth population census, which is the first in 19 years, has kicked off in the country last week, including 63 districts of Pakistan.

118,000 enumerators and supervisors have been assigned duty to collect data from 168,120 census blocks across the country. 200,000 army officials have also been engaged in the activity; one soldier would be attached with one numerator to avoid any any untoward circumstance. Beside troops, police and security forces are also engaged in providing high security to the census staff.