QUETTA - The house-listing and census in Balochistan can be controversial once again because of the boycott of teachers, reservations of Baloch nationalist political parties and hurdles being created by Baloch militant organisations in Baloch populated areas of the province. Both house listing and census had become controversial in 1998 due to the opposition and resistance of Pakhtun nationalist organisation, Pakhtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP). PKMAP had created hurdles in the way of smooth holding of census in 1998 with a plea that the process could not be held in a transparent manner under the coalition government headed by Sardar Akhtar Mengal. Instead of holding of proper census, the authorities concerned had estimated the population at the rate of 2.27 per cent population growth in Quetta and some other areas where PKMAP had offered resistance. Balochistan had suffered a loss of Rs 330 million annually after 1998 census as the population of Balochistan was not numerated properly. But this time the matter is more serious as not only Baloch militant organisations have threatened the teachers and other enumerators for keeping themselves away from the process of house listing and census but the important Baloch nationalist parties, including Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) and National Party have expressed serious reservations over the process. Though contrary to the warnings of militant organisations both parties had appealed to the Baloch people for taking full-fledged participation in the house listing and census. But their appeal failed to attract the people, particularly the teachers who are the main vehicle of both the process. Now both parties are expressing serious concern over holding of house listing and census citing many grounds, including alleged military drive, displacement of 100,000 people from Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts, dislodgement of 12 million people because of floods in Naseerabad Division, presence of more than 2.1 million Afghan refugees and refusal of teachers to take part in the process of house listing and census. 'There is no mechanism to keep a large number of Afghan refugees away from the process of census. Induction of a large number of Afghan refugees in census is conspiracy against the Baloch, says Agha Hassan Baloch, the Central Secretary Information of BNP-Mengal ,adding, house listing could not start in many districts of Balochistan ,therefore, this process should be deffered in Balochistan. Expressing serious concern over the holding of house listing and census in prevailing situation, the Vice president of National Party Doctor Ishaq Baloch told The Nation that 1.2 million people have become homeless in Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts. 'How one can conduct the house listing in Naseerabad, when hundreds of thousands of people are out from their houses in Naseerabad as their houses were either swept away or damaged in last years devastating floods, he said, adding, 'If census are held without keeping away Afghan refugees then it will be crystal clear conspiracy to convert the Baloch into minority. On the other hand rejecting the objections of Baloch nationalists regarding Afghan refugees, PKMAP says Baloch nationalists want to create hurdles in the way of transparent census so that they could protect their artificial majority in the province. About '80 per cent of Afghan Refugees have returned back to Afghanistan, said Abdul Rauf Lala, the central secretary of PKMAP. Though the blame game becomes a routine matter between nationalist parties on the eve of such occasions but this time matter is more serious as both teachers and clerks are not taking part in the process of house listing after threats of militant organisations. Authorities concerned issued warnings to the teachers of punitive actions but all teachers organisations ignored the warnings, saying they cannot do it without proper security.