Government Silent On Minority Figure Two Years After Census
The last census in Pakistan was conducted in 2017 after a period of nearly two decades. The census revealed Pakistan’s population to be more than 200 million. However, the census failed to reveal the population breakdown regarding the minority population. To this date, the data related to the minority population still has not been publicised.
A report published in Express Tribune cited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf legislator Ramesh Kumar as saying that the government was supposed to publish data related to the minority population in March of last year.
The legislator, who has also served as the chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee for Statistics, was of the belief that the work on the data is in the pipeline and that it would be shared soon.
Referring to data from National Database and Registration Authority, Kumar said that the country had eight million Hindus, while unofficial results of the Census revealed the country had five million Christians and 16000 Sikhs.
A provincial lawmaker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan, Mangla Sharma, urged the government to end its discriminatory policies and release the results. He also apprised media of his intention to move a motion in the Sindh Assembly to request the government to disclose data regarding religious minorities.
An official of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics was reported as having said that the government would release the result after approval from the Council of Common Interests.