Need stressed to resolve imbalance in representation system

KARACHI: Sindh Labour Solidarity Committee (SLSC), a group of trade unionists, workers, civil activists and academics, on Wednesday lauded the parliamentary committee on Electoral Reforms and urged to resolve the imbalance in system of representation in national and provincial assemblies.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club the committee demanded that parliament should be so constituted as to ensure fair and adequate representation to all people of the federation units.

Representatives of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER) Karamat Ali, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and All Pakistan Trade Union Organization head Habibullah Junaidi, Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum Saeed Baloch, Pakistan Labour Union Lateef Mughal, Human rights Commission of Pakistan Asad Iqbal Butt, Asian Human Rights Commission Hasan Athar, Sindh Labour Federation Shafiq Ghauri other were present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons they said that given the vast difference between the federation units in shape of size, population, level of literacy and economic development and respective shares in overall political and economic power, it is obviously erroneous to consider the size population alone as the yardstick to determine the percentage of seats allocated to each federation unit.

They said that many people belonging to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) also live in Sindh, especially Karachi for the sake of employment. He said from seven and four percent of population in Karachi has migrated from such provinces.

The members stressed that there is need and recognize the unique area-population ratio of Balochistan and introduce special allocation of national assembly seats to the province.

They said fair and adequate representation must be guaranteed to marginalized and disadvantaged sections and groups such as workers, peasants, women and minorities.

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