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MQM-P hints parting ways with federal govt

 MQM-P leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Thursday said that the people of Sindh are left with no other option but to take to the streets to protest the Centre’s decision to approve the controversial census of 2017.

“We had formed a coalition with the government on the basis of the census,” Siddiqui said. “Despite MQM’s reservations against the results of the census, the federal government went ahead and approved it.”

He was addressing a press conference in Islamabad during which he maintained that the population of Sindh’s major cities was shown to be 25% less than the actual count in the census, adding that the report is riddled with inaccuracies.

“Our doubts related to the inaccuracy of the 2017 census have proven to be true now,” he said. “We had gone to courts to register our concerns even before the census had begun.”

Siddiqui’s comments came after the federal cabinet on Wednesday authorised the submission of the Sixth Population and Housing Census 2017 report for the final approval of the Council of Common Interests.

Cabinet’s also decided to bypass an agreement with the parliamentary leaders of the Senate to correct the highly controversial census 2017 results through a recount of the population in 5% randomly selected population blocks.

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