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According to the preliminary findings of Pakistan’s latest census, the country’s population has increased by 46.9 per cent between the period of 1998 and 2001.—AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: According to the preliminary findings of Pakistan’s latest census, the country’s population has increased by 46.9 per cent between the period of 1998 and 2001. According to a news report in Times of India, the findings signify that the province of Balochistan witnessed the highest population growth and Punjab the least.

According to the report in Times of India, the number of households experienced an increase of 50.4 per cent since 2011 whereas the population increased from 130,857,717 in 1998 to 192,288,944 in the same year.

The results did not include three districts of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, South Waziristan and certain areas of Kashmir. However, the inclusion of these areas will shoot the results further up to 197,361,691 in 2011 as opposed to 134,714,017 in 1998.

According to the report, Balochistan’s population increased by 139. 3 per cent, whereas Sindh witnessed an 81.5 per cent increase.

The population of Federally Administrated tribal areas (Fata) increased from 2,746,490 to 4,452,913, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 17,743,645 to 26,896,829, Islamabad from 805,235 to 1,151,868 and Punjab from 73,621,290 to 91,379,615.