ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Monday said the Council of Common Interests (CCI) had decided to conduct new census right away.
“We do not need to wait for 10 years for new census. The process of new census will begin by Sept or Oct this year, while its fundamental framework would be completed in 6-8 weeks,” said the federal minister, Asad Umar, while addressing media in Islamabad.
He said the census would be completed by March 2023, in 18 months. He said constituency demarcation for next general elections could be done on the basis of new census.
“Census is a big and expensive work. A budget of Rs23 billion will be allocated for this purpose,” he said.
To a query, the federal minister said the new census was not being conducted on complaints of the citizens of Karachi only as the citizens of Balochistan also had reservation on the previous census results.
He said the forum had to take the final decision on 2017 census results and it had approved the results with majority. “In Nov 2017, the CCI had taken a decision to audit 1 percent population. After two weeks the forum decided to conduct audit of 5 pct population. However, the audit regarding 5 percent population could not be conducted yet,” he said.
He said elections were conducted on the basis of population as constituencies were demarcated on its basis.
Asad Umar said the reservations expressed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were the same as the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)’s.