Islamabad (August 28, 2017): Rejecting Sindh’s allegation of showing low population, the Bureau of Statistics Pakistan has issued the details of the population of 10 major cities
According to the initial results, Karachi remained the largest densely populated city of Pakistan with the population of 14,910,352. It has registered an increase since 1998 where it last stood at 9,339,023.
Lahore has registered an increase as well of more than half as its population count has been recorded at 11,126,285 from 1998, where it stood at 5,143,495.
Thirty-three per cent of Sindh’s 47.9 million-strong population lives in the province’s two major cities, Karachi and Hyderabad.
While the provincial capital’s population grew by 59pc in nineteen years, Hyderabad’s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time.
Pakistan’s total population was recorded at 207.774 million, as per the provisional summary results of the Sixth Population and Housing Census.
Punjab — the largest province in terms of population — houses 110 million people. The province’s capital, Lahore, witnessed a 116pc growth in population, from 5.1 million in 1998 to 11.12 million in 2017.Other cities in the province recorded minor increases in their respective populations; Faisalabad – which housed approximately two million people in 1998 – is now home to 3.2 million residents. Gujranwala’s population increased by 0.89 million while Multan’s population grew from 1.16 million in 1998 to 1.73 million in 2017.
The federal capital’s population grew dramatically from 0.5 million in 1998 to 1.01 million in 2017. The population of Islamabad’s twin city, Rawalpindi grew by 0.7 million in nineteen years.
Of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s thirty-million population, 1.9 million people reside in the provincial capital Peshawar.
The provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta, saw its population grow by 43pc from 0.56 million in 1998 to 1.001 million in 2017.
The following chart shows the population of major cities:On the other hand, Bureau of Statistics has out rightly rebuffed the government of Sindh allegations.
Member statistics division Habibullah Khattak said that monitoring committees were formed in all four provinces to ensure transparency in the census results, at which the opposition parties had voiced serious concerns, questioning the authenticity of the figures released by the government.
He said an additional time was also allotted to entertain the complaints related to the census.According to the provisional census data presented to the Council of Common Interest (CCI) last week, the country’s population has surged to 207.77 million, having experienced a 57 per cent increase since the last census in 1998.
Earlier Sindh government on Monday announced that it would reject the provisional results of the sixth population census.
In a policy statement issued on Monday, provincial minister Nisar Ahmed Khohro said the federal government has conspired to reduce Sindh population in the statistics.