ORAKZAI: The Orakzai grand alliance in a jirga has unanimously decided to challenge the 2017 population census in Orakzai in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) claiming that the population figures of their district are incorrect.
The grand alliance is asking the federal government to re-conduct census in the Orakzai tribal district. The alliance also rejected the delimitation of their districts and asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to allocate two provincial assembly seats to Orakzai.
The ECP on the bases of 2017 population census has allocated 1 KP assembly seat which the alliance considers an injustice with the people of the district.
On Saturday, the jirga of the Orakzai grand alliance held here at the district headquarter in which different leadership of political parties including Malik Qasim Gul of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), Asam Uddin of Qaumi Water Party, Malik Mumtaz of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, head of Orakzai grand alliance Muhammad Nawaz Orakzai and a large of number of tribal elders participated.
The jirga members said that 2017 national population census in Orakzai is a big injustice with the people of the district as people of two tehsils, Upper Orakzai and Ismail Zai were displaced at the time of census due to which they couldn’t become the part of the census.
The tribal elders maintained that the one provincial assembly seat is not acceptable to the people of the district. They demanded the federal government to re-arrange census in the tribal district and on the base of its result allocate provincial and national assembly’s seats.
The political leadership informed the jirga members that they have already submitted an application before the Election Commission of Pakistan against the allocation of one PA seat to the whole district. However, so far, they have not heard about it from the commission. The jirga after deliberation unanimously decided that they will submit a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court against the census results of the district and allocation of one Provincial Assembly seat.