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WSC Participates in the Meeting on Population Census 2017

Feb 03, 2017


CONTACT: Farhan Soomro

WSC Participates in the Meeting on Population Census 2017

World Sindhi Congress (WSC) participated in a meeting called by Sayed Jalal Mehmood Shah, President of Sindh United Party (SUP), on 2nd February at his residence, Haider Manzal Karachi, on the issue of the population census 2017, which is being conducted after 18 years, against the norm. The meeting was attended by representatives of Sindhi patriotic parties, civil society organisations, intellectuals and other political parties including Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz- Bashir Khan Qureshi (JSQM-BQ), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz- Arisar (JSQM-A), Jeay Sindh Mahaz- Riaz Chandio (JSM-RC), Jeay Sindh Mahaz- Sarwar Sahito (JSM-SS), Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST), Awami Jamhori Party (AJP), Sindh Tarqi Pasand Party (STP), Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Sindh National Movement (SNM), Jeay Sindh Librel Front (JSLF), Sindhi Adabi Sangat (SAS), Sindh Vision (SV), Sindh National Party (SNP), Sindh Writers and Thinkers Forum (SWTF), Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF), Adamshumari Sujaghi Committee (ASC), Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) and World Sindhi Congress (WSC). WSC was represented by Mr Asif Panwhar. The meeting deliberated on various aspects, issues, challenges, and threats for Sindhi people in the context of the population census that will start on 15th March 2017. The meeting also discussed the action plan to deal with these challenges. At the end of the meeting Sayed Jalal Mehmood Shah addressed a press conference outlining the key points of the discussions and action plan. He reiterated that meeting considered this population census of critical importance for Sindhi people in terms of their rights on their resources and their motherland. He said that the illegal immigrants as considered by the government to be in the range of 4 million should be counted under a separate heading. He also conveyed that about 30% of Sindhi population does not have the Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) and demanded that the government should take emergency measures to issue CNICs to them. He informed that to deal with these critical challenges, a Census Monitoring Committee has been formulated with the participation of all the parties attending the meeting. The headquarters of the committee will be Haider Manzil and will work 24 hours. The work was distributed at the district level among the constituent parties to mobilise resources and people, raise awareness, identify, notify and try to resolve issues, interact with relevant officials in order to ascertain that the Census is transparent,  that Sindhi people are not under-counted and the illegal immigrants are identified separately.

The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is based in the UK, USA, Canada, and Sindh and is one of the most prominent human rights advocacy organizations for Sindh and Sindhis. The main objective of WSC is to create a better understanding within the international community about the persecuted status of Sindhis in Pakistan and about the Sindhi people’s struggle for human rights, including the right to self-determination. WSC is a registered company in the UK and the USA, and is organized to carry out non-profit activities. For more information, visit