Cabinet approves fresh census: Umar

Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday said that the federal cabinet had given approval for a fresh census that will be conducted through the use of “modern technology” in line with the global best practices.


In a tweet, the minister said that after the approval of the cabinet, the government will now move the Council of Common Interests (CCI) so that a fresh census could be held before the next general elections.

“This will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that a census would be conducted within five years,” he added.


He also appreciated that the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) team that “produced the census strategy”.

“Leading experts from academia & think tanks from all provinces were consulted to formulate proposed census strategy,” he added.

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It may be noted here that Sindh had expressed reservations over the 2017 census that was approved in April this year after a period of four years.

Due to the reservations expressed by many political parties including the PPP and MQM-Pakistan over alleged manipulation and undercounting in the process, the government had decided to hold a fresh count.

Last month, Umar had said the next general elections in the country would be conducted on the basis of a new census.

In May, the PBS had posted the final results of the 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 on its website, according to which the country’s total population stands at 207.68 million, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent. The population includes 106.018m males, 101.344m females and 321,744 transgender persons.

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