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SC issues notices on plea against census results

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Monday issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan and the advocate general of Balochistan in a plea challenging the Balochistan census results.

The petitioner, Hasan Kamran, initially challanged the census results in Balochistan in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and moved to the Supreme Court after the BHC rejected the petition.

The petitioner pleaded to the apex court to declare the Balochistan High Court’s August 29 decision as void. According to the petition, the population of Balochistan was reported to be around 21.7 million till the final phase of the census process. However, in the final report Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in its meeting, the population of Balochistan was reduced to 14.89 million.

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan took up the plea challenging the census results in Balochistan. In his arguments before the court lawyer Kamran Murtaza claimed that caretaker Balochistan CM was ‘forced’ to attend the Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting to endorse the census results.