News in Brief : Pakistani Christians wary of maiden digital census

Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad is sceptical about sharing parish records with local governments to ensure an accurate count of Christians in Pakistan’s first-ever digital census.

Jan 14, 2022

Albert David (second from right), a member of Pakistan's National Commission for Minorities, speaks at a convention of minority councilors in Lahore on Jan. 8. (Photo: Kamran Chaudhry/UCA News)


LAHORE: Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad is sceptical about sharing parish records with local governments to ensure an accurate count of Christians in Pakistan’s first-ever digital census.

“It is not right if the government asks us to share the information.

It has to take us into confidence to secure the data. There has to be proper procedure. All these things raise questions for us,” he said.

The call for digitising parish records has grown stronger ever since it became known that the Christian population in the Islamic republic was on the decline for almost two decades, as revealed by official census data.

Bishop Sukardin called the census findings inaccurate while alleging that the true figures were being hidden. Christian rights groups and some major political parties have also rejected the census data. --ucanews.com

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