KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s protest rally against provisional census results is currently under way at Liaquatabad flyover.
Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan dismissed the idea that there is rift between members of MQM-Pakistan. “There are no groups in the party,” he remarked while addressing rally.
Our enemies are obsessed with seeing how many people left our party, however, they should “come and see who people actually support,” he said.
“Wickets are lost in a match with 11 players. Our team comprises more than 11 people, nation supports us,” Izhar-ul-Hassan said, adding people who are trying to destabilise the party should know that their efforts will bear no fruits.
If you take to take wickets then focus on Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he claimed.
On the other hand, party leader Faisal Sabzwari spoke against the provisional results of the census. “The population of Karachi has been miscounted,” he remarked. “Karachi is being harmed and everyone is sleeping.”
The enemies of MQM have become the enemies of Karachi, he remarked.
“PPP is least bothered about Karachi. They consider Karachi a place to be plundered.”
MQM-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar went to Jama Cloth Market to distribute the invitations for the rally, where he said 500 union committees would be formed once the census results are corrected.
The opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan, along with Kanwar Naveed, invited people from different areas of the central district to the rally.
The party leaders, including Rauf Siddiqui and Kamran Tessori, also visited the rally site to examine preparations.
During his visit Naveed spoke to the media, saying it was unfair to undercount the population of Karachi in the latest census.
The announcement for the protest was made by MQM-P chief, according to whom the census was rigged to reduce employment opportunities for the people of Sindh.
He had said that Karachi’s population in actual is around 30 million, whereas according to the census it is 10.6 million.
Pakistan’s total population has been recorded at 207.774 million, according to the provisional summary results of the sixth population and housing census.
The sixth Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15.