Statis­tics min­is­ter rejects Sindh’s ob­jec­tions to cen­sus re­sults

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The fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day re­jected Sindh’s ob­jec­tions on the re­cently re­leased re­sults of the na­tional, with Min­is­ter for Statis­tics Kam­ran Michael ask­ing crit­ics to take their ob­jec­tions to the Coun­cil of Com­mon In­ter­est (CCI). “When the chief min­is­ter of Sindh was present in the CCI meet­ing [that ap­proved the pro­vi­sional cen­sus re­sults], why are ob­jec­tions be­ing raised now?” Michael, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Chief Cen­sus Com­mis­sioner Asif Ba­jwa, asked in a press con­fer­ence. He claimed that the statis­tics gath­ered by civil­ian and armed of­fi­cials are the same. He also com­mit­ted to ad­dress- ing a press con­fer­ence with the di­rec­tor gen­eral of In­terSer­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) in this re­gard if the need for it arises. “Elec­tions will take place ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the new cen­sus” ir­re­spec­tive of when they hap­pen, Michael said, adding that fi­nal re­sults will be avail­able by April 2018. He also clar­i­fied that pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments had been re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing cen­sus teams and deputy com­mis­sion­ers and com­mis­sion­ers were in-charge of teams in their dis­tricts. “The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­fines the ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas,” Michael said, dis­miss­ing any grounds for ob­jec­tions. “Pun­jab has re­duced its share in Na­tional Fi­nance Com­mis­sion (NFC) award,” the min­is­ter re­called as he re­quested prov­inces to ac­cept the re­sults. Ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties from Sindh and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had ear­lier re­jected the data gath­ered from the sixth population cen­sus, which was con­ducted af­ter a gap of 19 years.

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