ISLAMABAD - To discuss the reallocation of seats in the National Assembly in accordance with the provisional results of census 2017, the National Assembly speaker on Friday summoned a meeting of the leaders of the parliamentary parties on November Ist.

The meeting has been summoned on the request of the government to discuss the reallocation of seats in the National Assembly in accordance with the results of the recent census.

The meeting has been scheduled on Wednesday at 3:30pm at the Parliament House.

According to the National Assembly Secretariat, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, and MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Shah Mehmood, Farooq Sattar, Fazlur Rehman, Ghous Bux Mahar, Mehmood Achakzai, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Pervez Elahi, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Nasir Khan, Ejazul Haq, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Iftikharud din, and Syed Essa Nori have been invited to attend the moot.

In the recently held sixth census, the provisional results indicated significant demographic changes, which necessitated a reallocation of seats in the National Assembly as well as in the provincial assemblies.

Under the new count, Balochistan’s share of the total population has increased from 4.96 per cent in 1998 to 5.94 per cent in 2017, and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s share has gone up from 13.41 per cent to 14.69 per cent over a period of 19 years.

The Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) too, registered a slight increase in the share of the total population — from 2.40 per cent in 1998 to 2.41 per cent in 2017.

Sindh’s share increased from 23 per cent in 1998 to 23.05 per cent in 2017, and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT)’s share went up from 0.61 per cent to 0.97 per cent over a period of 19 years.

On the other hand, the Punjab registered a decrease in the share of total population.

The provisional results showed a decrease in Punjab’s share from 55.95 per cent in 1998 to 52.95 per cent in 2017. In connection with new delimitation, Law Minister Zahid Hamid called on the opposition leader on Thursday to take Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on board.

During the meeting, Khursheed Shah, reportedly, suggested to call a meeting of the parliamentary parties on the results of the census, arguing the cabinet’s decision would not give better results if implemented without a detailed consultation on the subject.