Peoples Party challenges census in high court

Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has challenged ongoing population census on Monday in Sindh High Court (IHC).

PPP said that many important matters are concealed during headcount and narrated secrecy as unconstitutional.

While talking to media, Farhatullah Babar showed his doubts and reservations on the census; he stated opposition party had serious concerns over the whole procedure.

He said that access to information was the fundamental right of every citizen.

Babar said that each segment of the society expressed its reservations and concern over the procedure, he added, “Important information should be uploaded on the website.”

The first phase of sixth census was kicked off on March 14, which is also the first national headcount in 19 years. The first phase will cover 63 districts of the country; 16 districts of Punjab, 8 districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

It will also include 15 district of Balochistan, five of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and five districts of Gilgit Baltistan.

84,000 enumerators are to collect data from about 168,120 census blocks across the country. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has also reserved about 10 percent staff and supervisors, hence bringing the total staff for census to over 118,000.

200,000 army officials have also been engaged in the activity to provide amid security, police officials are also engaged in the activity to avoid any any untoward circumstance.