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Population bomb


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THIS is apropos your editorial ‘Ticking bomb’ (Oct 14). Comments are thought-provoking and indeed a source of deep concern for all linked with social development and the reproductive health sector.

In 1950 the country’s population was only 32.5 million and we were ranked as the 14th most populated country in the world but today with an estimated population of 190 million we are now the sixth most populated country.

If the current high population growth rate of 2.05 per cent per annum goes unchecked with a mammoth population of 335 million by 2050, we are bound to become the fourth country after China, India and the United States, and the number one most populous Muslim country in the world surpassing Indonesia. Again, the already overstretched public sector cannot be blamed entirely for income of such a magnitude in our population as the high ratio of illiteracy, poor status of women, primitive mindset, cultural inhibitions and taboos have hampered the progress in this direction.

You have rightly pointed out that NGOs and the private sector can play a key role in the implementation of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Programmes at the grassroots level where they are needed the most. Institutions like the National Trust for Population Welfare and Trust for Voluntary Organisations should mobilise NGOs and the masses for achieving the goal of population stabilisation in the country.


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Tamilslevan Oct 27, 2012 12:14pm
Muslim countries and communities where literacy is low have high birth rates. May be a time has come to curtail polygamy and teach family planning to the uneducated masses.
Saeed Oct 28, 2012 11:12am
Agha from USA , over in USA population pollution is minimum. Big family is a nightmare in western society. So immigrant should know the answer espically when Pakistan goverment paying for higher education and supporting the poor people with 5 to 10 kids keeping A bombs is nothing it is alway expensive to keep huge pollution
Saeed Oct 27, 2012 01:49pm
Population is the biggest and only problem for Pakistan .This problem also gave birth to terrorism and other social crimes . Upto now only goverments have some interest to deal this with problem ,but people of Pakistan are not supportive and Unfortunately Pakistan media is also not interested highlights this problem.
observer Oct 27, 2012 03:20am
Direct government patronage of poulation control, setting and following of statistical population targets, and possibly offering incentives to couples is what is also needed apart from NGO efforts. An across-the-board, concerted effort is essential.
Agha Ata (USA) Oct 27, 2012 06:13pm
A questioin .. which bomb is more expensive to keep, The population boimb or the nuclear bomb?
Aamir Amjad Oct 27, 2012 04:27am
Immediately Need a one child policy like china.
Genius Oct 27, 2012 03:13pm
Think of population explosion and the thought is just suffocating. What every one can do to help the situation. Every educated person, every concrned person must draw attention of and educate the illiterates about the horros of this matter. The question one can ask is "How do you find your life to be in this world". The natural reply has to be it is hellish. So the next question should be "Do you want your children also to go through this same hell as you are doing today when it is going to be even worse than what it is today?"
Syed-S Oct 28, 2012 06:04am
How many children do you have, and how many siblings, did you have?
Syed-S Oct 28, 2012 06:06am
Pakistan should look for population control, otherwise, nature, being a very good leveler, will take control.
Syed-S Oct 28, 2012 06:02am
Polygamy? What are you talking man? It is difficult for a normal man to support a single wife, who can think about a second or a third, fourth ? This provision is allowed, but seldom practiced. Just check the population statistics and then talk. You will be astonished to know that even the rich persons, for the sake of harmony, do not practice it. It is a useful practice, in the time of need, when most of the men have perished in the times of war or some other calamity. Like in Afghanistan or Iraq, and so on. Yes, I have also heard, that in some places (non-Muslim countries), where polygamy is allowed only to Muslims, people become Muslims, just to have a next wife, or some ultra-rich dudes in some ridiculously rich countries do that. Otherwise, it is just a provision, not a compulsory thing. Although some may wish, it was.
S. Imam Oct 28, 2012 08:55am
If educated and healthy, big population in a consumer-driven economy could be an asset for the country. But could be a destructive force if kept uneducated. Dot com industry has produced a huge educated middle class in India which has contributed towards it economy. Sex education that is considered unimaginable in our countries is must if we need to control the population.
amd Oct 28, 2012 06:34pm
Pakistan government should seriously think about passing the population control law allowing maximum 2 or 3 children per family.Also deadline to implement this law should be maximum 5 years from today ie 2017.During these first 5 years this concept should be aggresively promoted & advertised .After 5 years those couples having 2 children or less should be given some special concessions /incentives in different ways as a sort of reward.Just see the difference @ 10 years later
harvey Oct 28, 2012 12:20am
Brother Amjad you meant one child in a family or each wife