ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Sunday decided to constitute a committee, headed by the attorney general of Pakistan and comprising of one representative from each province, to look into the issues of availability of water and its distribution.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the 38th meeting of the CCI at the Prime Minister House. The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, chief secretaries of the provinces and senior officials, PM’s Office media wing said in a press release.
The committee will present its recommendations at the next meeting.
A detailed presentation was given by the Ministry of Water Resources on the availability of water in the country and its distribution among various provinces as per the Water Apportionment Accord 1991.
FINAL RESULTS OF SIXTH POPULATION CENSUS DEFERRED:
CCI also deferred announcing the final results of the sixth population census with the matter being left for the future government to decide.
The decision has been taken after blowback from the provinces especially Sindh, which had strong reservations on the would-be decision of the government to make public the census results without third-party validation of five percent census blocks.
According to unofficial final results of the 6th Population and Housing Census, the final population count is marginally reduced to 207.684 million.
The final count shows a slight increase in the share of Muslim and Hindu populations. However, Christian and Ahmedi populations registered a marginal decline.
Pakistan retained its status as a predominantly Muslim nation because as many as 200.35 million people in Pakistan subscribe to Islam.