Pakistan launches its first census in 19 years | world-news | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Apr 25, 2017-Tuesday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Pakistan launches its first census in 19 years

world Updated: Mar 15, 2017 19:16 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

An official from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics collects information from a resident as an army soldier stands guard in Lahore. Pakistan began its first census in almost two decades on Wednesday.(AFP)

Pakistan on Wednesday launched the first phase of its national census — its first in nearly two decades — amid tightened security in several parts of the country to prevent any disruption of the exercise.

The army will be part of the census, which will first count buildings under a housing survey and then proceed to counting residents in the next phase.

Pakistan is the world’s sixth most populous country but has not held a census since 1998.

More than 300,000 people will be involved in counting what is expected to be a population exceeding 200 million.

With 50% of resources and government jobs going to Punjab province over the past three decades, the census in Pakistan is a politically charged affair.

The count will be the basis for revising political boundaries, parliamentary seat allocations and finances as the country gears up for a national election next year.

“If conducted honestly, we will be seeing a change in demographics,” commented economist Kaiser Bengali.