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SC orders govt to begin census from March 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the government to submit a written assurance that the census will begin on March 15 and end on May 5 next year.

The apex court also expressed resentment for delay in carrying out the census and not finalizing any date.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard a suo moto case over delay in holding a census in the country.

The chief justice observed that democratic system highly depends upon population census.

“There is vast difference between 1998 and today’s population. Policies are being made without having any record of the exact number of people in the country,” he said.

The court while adjourning the hearing till December 7 has sought final date from the government for population census. – APP