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Print Print 2023-05-23

Pakistan’s population attains new mark amid economic slump

  • Reaches 249,566,743 (249.566 million), as per the initial results of the seventh national and first digital census 2023
Published May 23, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The total population of Pakistan has reached 249,566,743 (249.566 million), as per the initial results of the seventh national and first-ever digital population census 2023, said Chief Census Commissioner and Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Naeemuz Zafar.

While addressing a press conference, the Census Commissioner stated that as far as the province-wise breakdown is concerned, “Punjab is the most populous province with its population crossing 127,474,000 (127.4 million). Sindh’s population is over 57,931,000 (57.93 million).

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa population reached 39,823,138 (39.823 million), while Balochistan’s population is over 21,977,000 (21.9 million). The population of the federal capital, Islamabad, has reached 2,359,422 (2.35 million).“

PBS extends census deadline again

The Census Commissioner pointed out that Pakistan’s population had increased by 49 million since the last census. Where the overall cost is concerned, the Census Commissioner stated that the total cost for first-ever digital census would be over Rs34 billion.

He further said that 10.7 million more people were counted additionally by expanding the census timeline. “After the results are out in June, a request will be made to the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to use this data for the election,” the Chief Census Commissioner added.

More than 0.2 million complaints were received regarding the census, said Chief Census Commissioner, adding that most of the complaints, including those of political parties, had been redressed.

All services provided at province, district and Tehsil levels like monitoring dashboards and access of tablets for data entry will be closed on 22nd May 2023 by midnight.

As per directions of the prime minister, the verification process will be completed by the DCs/ACs till 30th May 2023. They will get data manually regarding non-coverage, if any. Non-coverage complaints at CSC by DCs/ACs and PBS Call Centres will be entertained subject to the provision of NIC number and redressed till 30th May 2023. Retrieval of tablets at the Census Support Centre (CSC) will be commenced from 24th May 2023 after synchronization of the data, if any.

The headcounts data of restricted areas and collective residences will be incorporated in the population counts of the respective block. All Census District Officers will provide a completion certificate and payments to the census field staff will be made by DCs/ACs after the provision of the completion certificate. Demographers Committee will finalise its recommendations for consideration of CMC after analysing census data by applying demographic techniques.

The census field operation commenced on 1st March 2023 and continued without any interruption and major technical glitches. The overall progress of the census was very encouraging and satisfactory, he added.

The census field operation in heavily snow-bound, law and order affected areas was not conducted. The respective governments have been requested to indicate appropriate time for field census operation in snow-bound areas comprising 129 blocks of AJK, 80 blocks of G-B, and 16 blocks of (Mansehra) KP.

The provincial governments have been requested to indicate the appropriate time for census field operation for law and order affected 57 blocks of Rojhan, Punjab and 11 blocks of Ghotki, Sindh. The Government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has also been requested to indicate the appropriate time for census field operation in Kohistan after devising a comprehensive strategy.

The committee of renowned demographers was constituted pursuant to the decision of the Census Monitoring Committee (CMC) to analyse the census data for pointing out departures from the normal trends, if any.

The Committee of Demographers will finalise its recommendations for consideration of CMC after analysing census data by applying demographic techniques, keeping in view forensic reports.

The population count will be changed owing to data synchronisation, the addition of restricted areas and collective residence aggregated counts and change on the basis of recommendations of the demographers’ committee approved by the CMC.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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Arshad Durrani May 23, 2023 08:48am
At least there is a count.We have added 50 M in 3 years.What do we do to control this bomb? Illiteracy, ignorance, orthodoxy, bankruptcy.How do we check this suicidal course?
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umair May 23, 2023 09:47am
khi has less than 20m population in the census. what a joke. a city that has 10% of the country's population in reality (25m) should be given more resources!
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KU May 23, 2023 10:41am
With an alarming increase in population and an alarming decrease in economic activity of the country, guess our elites and leaders are already packed and ready to fly to their favorite destinations. This is turning out to be a practical narration of Animal Farm.
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KhanRA May 23, 2023 10:50am
@umair, Karachi’s grow has slowed in recent years: this is evidenced by slowdown in expansion of the city on satellite imagery and light density
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KhanRA May 23, 2023 10:52am
Population growth will not stop until the muftis stop claiming that having a big family is the Islamic thing to do. Islam isn’t in danger of dying off. We need to emphasize quality over quantity, but this will never happen until the country stops mindlessly believing whatever any backwards Maulana says
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Maqbool May 23, 2023 10:57am
It’s time each city pays Tax only according to its population, as per census . Viva Karachi .
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Maqbool May 23, 2023 10:59am
Karachi population has been willfully reduced to under 15 million
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Tulukan Mairandi May 23, 2023 11:12am
The next generation is poorer then the previous one. A total shame for this degenerate nation and its leaders.
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Abdullah May 23, 2023 11:29am
Family planning is needed .Tax more than 2 kids and all these moulvis asking for more kids so they can keep getting funds for there madrashas should be sent to prison for 6 months and there land cruisers and fortuners taken away or the govt can buy them as well.they are all for sale.
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Shakeel Mahota May 23, 2023 01:46pm
A loud wake up call for initiating population planning & management on war footing as this cross-cutting issue won't let any policy or development agenda achieve the desired results. We can learn from Bangladesh..
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Shakeel Mahota May 23, 2023 01:49pm
@Maqbool, both things should go in parallel. Govt must launch 2 to 3 child policy by dis-incentivising those who go for 4th, 5th and 6th child..
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Umair Usman May 23, 2023 01:57pm
Every karachite will start crying about Karachi. The reality is that in every census since 1950 Karachi had a smaller population than its 'residents believed'. All those excuses about 'unregistered indidvuals' and all apply to all other cities as well. You are not special. get over it
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