Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday claimed that eight million voters were missing from the census.

He said that with such flawed foundations, the delimitations could not be correct.

Addressing the MQM workers gathered at Liaquatabad Flyover to protest against the census results, Sattar said that MQM-P had registered a historic accomplishment on August 23 as the party was able to find ground within one year.

“We were the ones counted in the census. By counting the numbers incorrectly, pre-poll rigging was orchestrated,” he said. Sattar added that 15 million of Karachi’s voters were missing from the census. He rejected the census completely.

Dr Sattar demanded that the census should be held again. He claimed that MQM-P’s next public meeting will break all past records.

MQM-P chief had announced a protest rally, criticising the census results that he termed as being rigged. He stated that Karachi population is about 30 million, but the census estimated it to be 10.6 million. He claimed this to be a deliberate attempt to reduce employment opportunities in the province.

The sixth Housing and Population Census took place after a lapse of 19 years on March 15.