Pakistan’s largest-ever population census kicked off today in 63 districts of the country after a delay of 19 years, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Elaborate arrangements have been made for the exercise including the deployment of about 1,75,000 army personnel in the districts who will be involved in enumeration as well as providing security to the surveyors.
However, reservations have been expressed by some political parties over the conduct of the census. The major concern raised over the conduct of the census was from three provinces — Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — and related to internal migration. A similar concern has been voiced by temporarily displaced tribal people.
The census would cover all people living in the country irrespective of their ethnicity or nationality. Foreign nationals would also be registered.
India will be keenly awaiting the Census report due in two months to corner Pakistan on issues like plight of minorities and violation of human rights particularly in Sindh and Balochistan.