The federal government has decided to conduct a new census this year. Asad Omar says “the census framework will be ready in 6 to 8 weeks, the census will be completed before 2023, there is no procedure to fix the old census in the constitution.
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar told a press conference in Islamabad that the Council of Common Interests had approved the results of the census by a majority vote. There were many objections to the old census.
He said that he would not wait and would immediately start work for a new census, would use technology to bring transparency in the next census, and would conduct a new census in accordance with international and UN procedures.
The Federal Minister said that the procedure for the next census would be worked out in 6 to 7 weeks and its approval would be taken at the next meeting of common interest, after which the process of new census would begin at the end of this year and will be completed before 2023.
The census was conducted in 2017 under the PML-N government in which the population of Karachi was shown to be more than 14 million, which was strongly protested by MQM Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pak Sarzamin Party and other parties.
Regarding the last census, Asad Umar said that the results were correct or incorrect, but all the operations were completed under the supervision of the federal and the provinces. At the time of the census, there was a PPP government in Sindh and a PML-N government in the federal.
The Federal Minister said that he wanted all the provinces and stakeholders to be taken into confidence in the upcoming census process. The agenda of the meeting of the Council of Common Interests was Census 2017. In November 2017, the Council of Common Interests demanded that a Percentage audit should be done, later 5% audit was approved instead of 1%, however 3 days before the expiration of the term of Parliament it was said that it would be a pointless exercise.