Chief Minister Shah convened a joint sitting of Parliament on the sixth results of the census

Chief Minister Shah convened a joint sitting of Parliament on the sixth results of the census

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. Image: File

After the Council of Common Interests (CCI) ignored their concerns and published the figures, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Saturday called a joint sitting of Parliament with the Chairman of the Senate and the Speaker of the National Assembly for the sixth census. Asked to ask for results.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah requested the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser and the Chairman of the Senate Sadiq Sanjrani to convene a joint sitting of Parliament under Article 154 (7) of the Constitution.

Murad said Article 154 (7) states that “if the federal government or the provincial government is dissatisfied with the decision of the council, it may refer the matter to a joint sitting of parliament, the decision of which will be final.” ۔ “

The Sindh Chief Minister said that census entry appears as No. 9 in the list of federal legislation.

He also said that the CCI was “empowered” to make a final decision on the matter because “a genuine and accurate census is a prerequisite for many constitutional and legal rights” and because it has provincial representation.

“The Sindh government’s view is that the views of the provinces should be properly considered before the census results are approved,” Murad said.

He also highlighted the CCI’s decision on the census since November 2017.

Murad said the CCI was informed in November last year that a cabinet committee had been formed to consider the census. He also added that he had raised the concerns of his province in the meeting and was assured that the committee would address the concerns of the provinces.

“It is very unfortunate to say here that instead of resolving the concerns of the provinces or meeting the concerned provincial governments, the committee took unilateral action by finalizing its report. He also lamented that it More unfortunately, the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the committee’s decision.

The Chief Minister explained to the Speaker and the Chairman that the Government of Sindh has always maintained the position that its “population is low”. He also claimed that there was empirical evidence on record to substantiate the provincial government’s “argument”.

“Unfortunately, for the first time since the formation of the CCI, such an important decision as any national objective was taken by the majority, not unanimously,” Shah said. He added that during the voting, Prime Minister Imran Khan “chose not to vote for the three federal ministers present at the meeting”.

The chief minister also wrote a copy of the dissenting note to Prime Minister Imran Khan last month.

Murad said that after the CCI approved the “controversial and flawed census”, the provincial cabinet had decided to send the matter to parliament in its April 13 meeting. He added that he had requested a joint meeting based on the decision.

A copy of the letter is also being sent to the Honorable President and Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to convene an urgent joint sitting of Parliament to resolve the issues raised by the Sindh government in approving the dispute. Wrong census results, “Murad said.

A copy of the letter was sent to all the chief ministers and three federal ministers who are part of the CCI.

The CCI has approved the official release of the 2017 Census data

Last month, the federal government approved the official release of the 2017 census results, which had been stalled for the past two years, confirmed by Asad Omar, the federal minister for planning, development and special measures.

The decision was made during a virtual meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI). It is an institution that resolves power-sharing disputes between the federation and the provinces – chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Following the meeting, Minister Asad Omar held a press conference and said that the majority of the provinces have agreed to accept the results of the 2017 census and publish them officially.

“As elections are being held on the basis of the census, we will start preparations for the next census in September or October this year,” Omar said, adding that work on the census infrastructure was underway. Will be completed within eight. Weeks

Asad Omar announced, “We will complete the new census by March 23. The government will also form constituencies based on the new census data before the 2023 general election.”

He added that for the upcoming census – which will take 18 months to complete – the government will use technology as well as census principles through the United Nations.

Concerns of Sindh

It may be recalled that during the 44th CCI meeting in which various provinces had expressed their views on the release of Census-2017 data, the council convened a virtual meeting to take a final decision. Decided to

According to sources, while Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa insisted on releasing the census data, Sindh demanded a fresh census in the province so that the stable data could be released simultaneously. During the last meeting, Balochistan had said that more time was deliberately needed on the issue.

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