Sindh Chief Minister expresses serious reservations on census results

Karachi, September 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali shah has said that he had expressed his reservations on the Census results when they were presented in the CCI meeting and now “we would fight out our [Sindh] case in consultation and consensus with all the political parties.”

This he said while talking to media at the residence of Leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, Khwaja Izharul Hassan whom he visited this afternoon to express his solidarity with him against the attack made by terrorists on his life just after Eid prayer but fortunately he escaped narrowly. The chief minister was accompanied by MPA Saeed Ghani, PPP General Secretary Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani, his Principal Secretary Sohail Rajput while at the MQM MPA Faisal Subzwari was also present there.

He said that the provisional Census results were presented in the CCI meeting held before Eid. “I had expressed my reservation when I saw the results in which population of Lahore was shown increased from five million to 11 million while the population of Karachi was shown increased from 10 million to 14 million,” he said and added it was quite surprising for him.

Murad Ali Shah said that he had written a letter to Federal Minister Ishaq Dar when the census process was being started and had urged him to direct the census teams to give a copy head counts to the concerned family then and there. “It was necessary and important to make the process transparent and easier for verification but sorry to say the federal government did not listen to him,” he said.

He added that in the census blocks were made over a group 250 to 300 house. Had they [census teams] given them copy of their head counts to the concerned families it would have become quite easier to counter check the population in a block through the copies available with them. “We have planned to consult all the political parties on this matter [census results] to evolve a joint strategy with the consensus to fight out case of Sindh,” he said and added that the PPP had reservations at the early stage that’s why the party had filed suit in the court.

ATTACK ON KHWAJA IZAR: replying to a question about the attack on Khwaja Izharul Hassan, the chief minister said that he would conduct security audit and students verification in each and every educational institute to ascertain if they are breeding terrorists. “It is quite painful to see the highly educated persons involved in terrorism,” he said and added “academically we would have to review our education system to make it more efficient and simultaneously we would have invest in cyber system to keep necessary checks on social media which is importing terrorist proclivities through wire services,” he said.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that his government has given ample security to MQM leaders and other important personalities and “I have requested Khwaja Izhar and Faisal Sabzwari to review their security arrangements and then let me know if some extra measures are required,” he said and added he would ensure proper security for MQM leaders and others.

He said that terrorism is a national issue and we would have to formulate a comprehensive policy to fight against the menace. “How you can imagine that when you would return from offering Eid Namaz terrorists would target you,” he asked and said “the attack on Izahrul Hassan was an attempt to create fear and insecurity in the city but Almighty Allah kept him safe,” he said and added “even then it [attack] caused loss of life in which one constable was killed and lap of a mother turned barren.

He said that the planning of attack on Izharul Hassan must have been made out of this city and may be out this country. Murad Ali Shah added that the Sindh government had sent a list of 94 madaris to the federal government with the request to put them on schedule-IV but they did not bother and then we requested them to at least keep watch on them but even than they put deaf ears towards our apprehensions. “Now, the results of that default are very much clear,” he said.

Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the provincial assembly has enacted a law to keep record of the people coming from other areas. “This is a cosmopolitan city where people of different languages and areas and even from other countries live,” he said and added “sometimes you do not know who lives in your neighbour but we are trying to keep the record.

Izharul Hassan told the media that it was the prayer of the people which saved him. He urged the people to pray for the constable and the child who killed in the attack. Latter, the chief minister accompanied by PPP leaders, Leader of opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izharul Hassan went to the residence of Mohammad Kamran, the father of Arsal killed in the attack, and offered condolence. He assured him that the killers of his son would be brought to book. “I would be in touch with you and support you whatever you need,” he said.

It may be noted that Mohammad Kamran had also sustained a bullet injury in the attack and was shifted to Aga Khan Hospital for treatment and about an hour before the arrival of the chief minister he was discharged from the hospital. Earlier, at CM House additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher briefed the chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah about the progress in the investigation into the attack case.

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