Bilawal Bhutto demands equal political rights for PPP in Punjab

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Wednesday demanded equal political rights for PPP in Punjab – Pakistan’s largest province where PM Nawaz Sharif’s party, the PML-N rules for the last 8 years.

The young PPP chairperson who is on a visit to Lahore — the provincial capital, welcomed PM Sharif’s decision of holding public rallies in the southern province of Sindh – PPP’s bastion of political power, but also expressed his reservations saying PPP workers were being killed in the province.

The PPP chairperson also opposed the would-be ban on social media, saying “this step of the government was undemocratic as it represents ideology of dictators.”

An official from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (R) marks a house after collecting information from a resident during a census as army slodier stands guard in Karachi on March 15, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Bilawal also commented on the ongoing census saying, “Both Sindh and Balochistan have reservations regarding population census, but we do not want to make this matter controversial.”

Security high as first census in 19 years launched

On Wednesday, Pakistan launched its first census in nearly two decades,with security high as thousands of enumerators backed by the military began the enormous, politically-charged count.

Pakistan has not held a census since 1998 due to years of bickering between politicians.

The weeks-long process, “a challenge in a country known for corruption and dysfunction, will deploy a team of more than 300,000 people and involve 55 million forms – as well as a second, separate form distributed by the military,” wrote the Express Tribune, a local daily English newspaper published from Karachi.

The census is being undertaken on Supreme Court’s order with completion by April at the latest.

“It’s a very hectic process, but we are ready for it,” Nadeem Ehsan, a teacher clad in a yellow Pakistan Census 2017 jacket in the northwestern city of Peshawar, told AFP.

“We had some reservations about security initially but we were assured about it by the government,” he added, describing the process as a “noble cause”.

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