Fed­eral govt play­ing ping pong on cen­sus: Mu­rad Shah

Daily Messenger - - Sportlight - Ab­bas Kas­sar

THATTA: The Sindh Chief Min­is­ter SyedMu­rad Ali Shah has said that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has 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.” This he said while talk­ing to me­dia just af­ter lay­ing Foun­da­tion stone of a hospi­tal be­ing es­tab­lished by a lo­cal NGO, Sahil Wel­fare Trust here at Darya Peer vil­lage lo­cated on Coastal High­way, near Mir­pur Sakro of Dis­trict Thatta.

He said that in the last CCI meet­ing held on Au­gust 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 say­ing that in the CCI meet­ing of Novem­ber 13, he had lodged com­plaint with 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 CCI meet­ing.

Syed Mu­rad Ali Shah said that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment af­ter lay­ing Cen­sus re­sults in the CCI meet­ing of Au­gust 25 called In­terProvin­cial 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 CCI.

The prime min­is­ter called CCI meet­ing on Novem­ber 13, and said a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment was re­quired for start­ing de­lim­i­ta­tion on the ba­sis of pro­vi­sional cen­sus re­sults “Now, ques­tion arises why the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is wast­ing time by play­ing ping pong with Cen­sus,” he asked and said when the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment was re­quired the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should have gone di­rectly for amend­ment in­stead of re­fer­ring the mat­ter to IPCC and CCI.

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