Govt moves to address Sindh’s concerns on census after Bilawal’s threat

ISLAMABAD: Following Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) “grave” concerns over the ongoing digital census, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal directed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to meet with Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday (today), The News reported.

PBS’ Statistician Dr Naeem uz Zafar along with his team will hold a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to address his concerns over the ongoing first-ever digital population census 2023.

The seventh meeting of the Census Monitoring Committee was held on Tuesday by Iqbal to review the progress of the digital census. It was briefed by Dr Zafar.

Sindh CM, chief secretaries of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) chairman, PBS chairman and other representatives attended the meeting.

The meeting decided that the Census Monitoring Committee will meet every week for better coordination and to resolve all the problems immediately.

The planning minister directed the PBS chief to address Sindh’s concerns. The decision was appreciated by CM Shah.

The minister said the government would take all the provinces on board and remove the concerns of the Sindh province, adding that the government believed in taking all decisions by consensus.

“The digital census will have an impact on the future of Pakistan and I cannot afford any kind of controversy and will not compromise on its transparency,” remarked the minister.

He said the federal government was providing all resources to complete the process, as it was a national agenda and the general elections would be based on this census.

“Some miscreants want to sabotage this census, but it is our responsibility to focus on this exercise by ensuring its transparency and accuracy,” said the minister, adding that the federal government was responsible for making the whole process successful by taking on board all the stakeholders.

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