6th Most Populated Country:
It is a fact that Pakistan is the sixth most populated country worldwide. However, no one knows what the correct total is. It is estimated that it is almost 203,976,122 as per May 2019 estimations issued by United Nations reports.
Pakistan’s Population till 2050
This total is still growing at a rate of 2%. And if this growth continues then it means the Population in Pakistan will rise to 300-million people in 2050. This figure also depicts the total number of individuals will be more than all the people living in the European Union which consists of 28 countries.
Currently, Pakistan is struggling to sustain this burden while the inflow of babies continues. Keeping in mind that the territorial geography is already overburdened, it is clear that no plan or scheme regarding the planning of resources can ever finance such an overwhelming mass.
Presently Pakistan can’t provide two meals on a daily basis to 60 percent approximately of its population and unable to supply safe drinking water to 60% more or less of its population in cities like Islamabad and Lahore, which are developed areas
When Was First Consensus Conducted?
Sometimes it seems as if there is a kind of reluctance to know the real numbers. In the past a census took place each 10 years. The first census was conducted in 1951, followed by 1961; 1972; 1981. The one which was due for 1991 took place during March 1998 and the rest were just swept under a cloud of political lethargy
At the present stage, the government should not put all burden on the army for monitoring the census as they are fighting against terrorism and on many levels for the safety and development of our country. However, at the same time, the birth-rate is exploding in FATA as well as other regions at a rate twice faster than the average of the country.
The results obtained by a census can point out the most fundamental factors for the sensible allocation of resources, election processes, parliamentary representation, the percentage of tax collection, as well as other urban affairs which includes the growth in urbanization and the assessment of resources available for the development of infrastructure.
Revenue Allocation for Provinces:
Furthermore, figures obtained by a census can have a massive influence on the revenue allocation of provinces and the seats shared. The distribution of energy, budgets, political voice, gas, water rights and NFC (National Finance Commission), will all be changed on a big scale. Our Politicians if cannot sense the risk level then we should need to take immediate steps at a local and national level to overcome the growing problem.
The current massive birth rate as mentioned above in FATA, as well as other regions, creates a breeding ground for probable deprived bodies and unexposed minds which are progressing at a faster rate than terrorists can be eliminated.
Increased Political Apathy and Violence
It is a fact that the economy of Pakistan is performing badly and that the gap between the rich and poor is escalating just further and further. Illiteracy and poverty are caused by political apathy and violence, terrorism and unrest will increase.
The welfare of the population is directly impacted by the control and planning of the population. Furthermore, it is the government’s business to take care of the welfare of its people and if they are not concerned to control and manage the numbers of its dependents, then all development planning and budgeting is of no avail.
Example of China with Increased Population Dilemma:
Development and numbers are linked and a well-known example is China. The regeneration of China would never have occurred if the Chinese did not recognize, it was essential to control or manage the size of families. The Chinese government prioritized this, took it through the legislature, conducted shows and put penalties in place in cases of non-compliance.
Several studies were conducted focusing on the negative social and cultural facets of this kind of policy in China. However, the benefits of above-mentioned policy managed to lift the Chinese population from the circle of poverty and it is an indisputable fact China has become a superpower.
Bangladesh Yet Another Example:
Another example is Bangladesh which previously was part of Pakistan. Their economy is growing much faster and they slowed down their growth in population as compared to Pakistan. Their management and awareness sessions are presently being cited as case studies for better economic growth strategy. Mullahs and mosques in the villages promote the idea to have fewer children. Additionally, they base it on Islamic doctrine to live within one’s means.
Child Marriage is Also a Vital Threat: Council-of-Islamic-Ideology said
The state of unwillingness to find a solution for this can also be seen in legislation for instance to ban child marriages, there should be clear laws for each major city of Pakistan. It is one of the principal contributors to soaring growth rates. However, this issue is practically made a taboo by the CII (Council-of-Islamic-Ideology) and other pressure groups. Presented bills are never passed and political parties, who may actually be in favor of this, deem it much too disputable to put their own necks on the line.
However, while emergency procedures in Balochistan, rural areas of Punjab and FATA are discussed by the NAP (National Action Plan), there are no discussions regarding population control. Without proper population in Pakistan control, all additional resource contribution will become as insufficient and meaningless in future as it is the case at present.
Some Islamic groups also claim that its totally a wrong decision to check the birth rates as every newborn baby brings his or her food from Allah. No one has any right to talk about the matters, where it is focused to reduce the size of Muslim Ummah. So, we are also not imposing anything from our side we have explained both sides views. The picture is there you are now able to decide, whether we should think seriously about our country or we should go with our typical mindsets.
Obviously, we would like to see our generations happy and we cannot bear any pain of hunger, poverty and ignorance. That’s why we at this time must take a decision, how much resources do we have for our generations to come? With these ending words, I am leaving you and hope you would definitely comment over it with your own personal thoughts.