Sikh community disappointed over being left out from census forms; approaches SHC

Karachi: The Sikh community has approached Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking separate entry in census.

The community representatives showed disappointment over the emission of separate column for Sikhism in census forms 2017. They said that over 100,000 Sikhs are present in Pakistan, however, they were not being given separate representation as Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis had.

Sikh community said, the step created sense of depravity among community members who are living in Pakistan.

They sought the court to issue orders to the government asking them to include “Sikhism” in census forms.

Earlier, disabled persons had also approached the court seeking orders to the relevant authorities for counting them separately in census.

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 also engaged to focusing high security.

The first census in Pakistan was conducted in 1951, the second in 1961, the third in 1972, the fourth in 1981 and the fifth was conducted in March 1998. After long span, on March 15, 2017, the sixth census has been started.