The Chief Census Commissioner and Chief Statistician of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Naeem uz Zafar, recently made a groundbreaking announcement during a press conference. The initial results of the seventh national and first-ever digital population census have been revealed, providing valuable insights into Pakistan’s demographic landscape. The total population of Pakistan has reached a staggering 249,566,743, equivalent to 249.5 million or approximately 25 Crore individuals. This article explores the province-wise breakdown, population growth, and the financial implications of this historic census.
Punjab: The Most Populous Province
Punjab, with its population crossing 127,474,000 (127.4 million or ~12.7 Crore), stands as the most populous province in Pakistan. This significant figure highlights the province’s vibrant cultural heritage and diverse population.
Sindh’s Notable Population
Sindh, the second most populous province, boasts a population of over 57,931,000 (57.9 million or ~5.7 crore). Known for its rich history and bustling urban centers, Sindh contributes significantly to Pakistan’s demographic fabric.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Growing Population
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with a population surpassing 39,823,000 (39.7 million or ~3.9 crore), demonstrates substantial growth and showcases the region’s significance within Pakistan’s demographic landscape.
Balochistan: A Unique Population Profile
Balochistan, with an estimated population of over 21,977,000 (21.9 million or ~2.1 crore), has a distinct identity within Pakistan. Its vast landscapes and unique cultural heritage contribute to the country’s diversity.
Islamabad’s Rising Population
The federal capital, Islamabad, has witnessed a steady increase in its population, reaching 2,359,422 (2.3 million or ~23 lac). As a symbol of national unity and progress, Islamabad’s growth is a testament to its appeal as a vibrant urban center.
Population Growth Since the Last Census
The Census Commissioner emphasized that Pakistan’s population has increased by a staggering 49 million (~4.9 crore) since the previous census. This significant growth underscores the importance of accurate population data for effective governance and policymaking.
The Financial Implications of the Digital Census
Undertaking the first-ever digital census was an ambitious and necessary step. The Census Commissioner estimated that this groundbreaking initiative would cost the national exchequer over Rs. 34 billion. Such a substantial investment reflects the importance placed on gathering accurate and comprehensive data to inform crucial decisions.