The new population narrative asks that the state should not be the controller but the enabler.
Pakistan needs to wake up to the apocalypse — 1.4m unwanted births each year.
We have neglected the health of millions of women and children.
After witnessing one of history’s largest migrations, Pakistan’s population grew from 30m in 1951 to 220m in 2022. A lack of...
If the pilot testing in August is to be followed by the full census in October 2022, it must entail a full dress rehearsal.
Across the country, climate and population pressures will eventually lead to shortages in food.
Trust must be rebuilt for provinces to have faith in the results of the 2022 census.
The topic of population has been absent from our national discourse. Are things changing now?
By not focusing on human development and population planning, we are fostering alienation and making way for implosion.
There is no conversation on population growth.
When the next census takes place, it must be with the right intent, full preparation and transparency.
A situation which could have been avoided can now exacerbate regional and ethnic inequalities and tensions.
It is unacceptable to shift the blame for policy failures onto the people.
Let’s have campaigns with clear, honest messages before conspiracy theories take over.
Pakistan’s leadership has a unique chance to reject the current abnormal to capture a new normal.
The lack of data is producing multiple speculations.
The warning signs should be enough to shred our veil of complacency and shake us out of our endless slumber.
It is important to take a message of hope to the population conference being held in Nairobi next month.
Is our population growing so fast because we are poor or, are we poor because of our high birth rates?
Population is always considered a red-hot button, to be tackled later.