Pakistan’s top court to host symposium on population growth today

ISLAMABAD – A one-day conference to discuss population control in country will be held in the Supreme Court of Pakistan today.

The meeting will be attended by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, Prime Minister Imran Khan, chief ministers of all the four provinces and other key civilians to brainstorm over the measures to curtail rapid growth of the population.

Experts believe that Pakistan’s population will double in thirty years if timely action was not taken by the government.

The chief justice, during his recent London visit, had announced to launch an awareness drive to fight the growing population in the country from December.

Addressing a fund-raising event in Manchester, the increasing population is a sensitive issue that needs to be addressed timely. He hoped that the public will put weight behind his drive.

The CJP had taken suo moto notice of the alarming population growth rate in the country during September, 2018. The apex court had formed a task force to formulate a mechanism to curb population growth in the country.

Task Force’s Recommendations

  1. Establish national and provincial task forces for steering, providing oversight and taking critical decisions to reduce population growth, low fertility rate and increase contraceptive prevalence rate.
  2. Ensure universal access to FP/RH services.
  3. Federal government to create a five-year non-lapsable special fund for reducing population growth rate with an annual allocation of Rs10 billion. The fund shall be set up exclusively from federal resources without any cut from provincial funds.
  4. To introduce and implement legislation for population growth control,
  5. To advocate and communicate a national narrative of reducing population growth rate and achieve socio-economic wellbeing for all.
  6. Introduce curriculum on health, hygiene and population control in the primary, secondary, college and universities.
  7. Contraceptive commodity security.
  8. Joint declaration of Ulema made at Population Summit-2015, Islamabad to be widely advocated.

The total population of Pakistan is 20,774,520, according to figures by National Bureau of Statistics available for 163,541 census blocks across the country.

According to the official data:

In Punjab, 110,012,442 people live in 87,006 blocks

In Sindh, 47,886,051 people live in 39,139 blocks

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 30,523,371 live in 21,577 blocks

In Balochistan, 12,344,408 people live in 10,207 blocks

In Islamabad, 2,006,572 people live in 1,514 blocks

In Fata, 5,001,676 people live in 4,098 blocks