Population census 2017 where Karachi population is shown less – has it been done deliberately – very serious reservation among political parties living in Karachi and even Sindh [as a whole] the population census has been contentious.
Results released for Karachi in the provisional census conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics [PBOS] show that Karachi’s population has increased to  14.9 million people in 2017 as compared to 9.39 million in 1998 which is also wrong as according to District at a glance census 1998 the population of Karachi had been shown at 9856318 persons instead 9.39 million.
There is hullabaloo; rally & protest are seen before press club and provincial govt. has asked to recheck whether it conform the sheet prepared between Pakistan Army [PA] and Pakistan Bureau of statistics [PBOS]……figure mentioned for Karachi population is unimaginable .
This sixth census 2017 the federal govt.conducted & earlier in 1998 it was carried out – Now the figure given by PBOS for Karachi & Sindh as a whole is totally unbelievable in practicality.
For Karachi it is shown that in 19 years Karachi got its population increased just 4.9 million which is no sensible person can accept.
If we see that how Karachi horizontally scaled from north to south and east to west – how many houses/ flat complexes built – expanded its infrastructure in terms of civic amenities – road networks – flyover underpass & bypass – re-division of govt. offices & opening more branches/ outlets such as Passport offices – NIC offices govt. Schools & Hospitals for general public services were the reason to respond the ‘’extended area’’ or expanded population of Karachi.
Opening more Police stations & SP/ DSP offices accordingly at different zones – commercial banks branches – shopping Malls/ markets – private & public sectors Retail/ Corporate offices etc. came into being for the reason of rising population.
PPP leader Nisar Khoro pointing to federal govt. that it deliberately reduces the strength of Sindh – reducing its actual number in order not to increase the province’s share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) award we ask federal govt. not to treat us unfairly, said Khoro.
MQM-P & PPP are at the same page calling All Party Conference to raise their concern and remedial thereof in order to attain a correct figure of population so that everyone may benefit from state owned enterprises.
MQM-P Farooq Sattar said if the correct counting is not made then how we can raise the issue being countered by Karachiites in terms of civic amenities of life –basic mandated infrastructure and well equipped facility for the inhabitants living in Karachi – how to groom the city if the number of dwellers is not known specifically – census results have done injustice to all ethnic communities living in the metropolis, uttered Farooq Sattar.
Farooq Sattar MQM-P said that Karachi’s population in actual is around 30 million whereas according to the Census 2017 it is shown 10.4 million which is unrealistic & unacceptable.
Political analyst also termed the Census 2017 for Karachi a design to cripple the one particular ethnic that is URDU SPEAKING & other communities who migrated from Afghanistan – Bangladesh Mayanmar – and people came for employment from across the country Pakistan – not showing them is to keep them away of their rights and robbing their status undocumented is not justifiable or a right way of census.
The MQM-P leader further alleged that certain localities of Karachi even had not been included while doing census – we are going to the court for wrong census that shows an intention to reduce the majority resides in Karachi and the provisional result released by PBOS is not consistent what exactly the population of Karachi is.
Federal govt. however rejecting the reservations rose by the Sindh political parties said the process of conducting the census was transparent.
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 59% in nineteen years, Hyderabad’s population only grew by 0.6 million during the same time.
Pakistan’s total population has been recorded at 207.774 million the sixth Housing and Population Census began after 19 years on March 15.
The census was conducted in 16 districts of Punjab – eight districts of Sindh – 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – 15 districts of Balochistan – five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Again, how possible it is that in 1998 census Karachi population were shown at 9, 856, 318 persons [detail mentioned in District at a glance census 98] whereas in 2017 it arrived at 14, 910, 352 persons during the span of 19 years. Are people following family contraceptive method and do you believe in it? said a retired public office employee.
It means that in 1998 census Karachi had population about 1. 0 crore & in 2017 it increased up to 1-1/2 crore during – so just increased 50 lakhs in 19 years – How ridiculous it is?
It indicates that there might have happened some error administratively & technically while doing a physical exercise- going at the house and knocking the door of the residents asking how many people living there. How are you and what you do or what is your religion even had not been asked, said political analyst. As one of the Christian reported that while visiting in their area religion had not been asked to give an exact ratio of minority living in a city and he himself introduced that I am Christian.
If these were the case then minority has genuine reason that their total strength in the country has not been recognized an that impacting their due share in the country.
So Census 2017 has lacuna and immense reservation & angriness among political parties in Sindh where blunder is seen & needs correction to identify the actual population of every community living in the country.
Even total population does not cover minority – other area of Pakistan seem missing like Giigit – Biltistan & Azad Kashmir where major portion of minority has not been incorporated.
About Karachi is one of Pakistan’s most secular and socially liberal city that embraces everyone whoever comes under its wing or travels from other part of the country.
It is most linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse city in Pakistan with an estimated population ranging above 30 million its greater metropolitan region.
Karachi is considered to be the 2nd largest after Jakarta within the Muslim majority and is the world 10th most populous urban agglomeration. Karachi is one of the world’s fastest growing city and has communities representing almost every ethnic group in Pakistan
We find here people of every language being spoken across the country Pakistan – under one window operation where we can see people not only from Pakistan but from other countries that migrated repatriated & settled in Karachi.
Karachi also homes over 2 million Bangladesh immigrants, 1.5 million Afghan refugees and up to 400,000 Rohingyas from Mayanmar are living in Karachi.
Karachi alone generating 70% revenue for the country – people all over the provinces comes here and gets employment – first they come alone and when they are settled they bring their family – its ocean of people that feeds every one without any discrimination.
The city management has been deficient because of its heightening inhabitants therefore authority must notice the high rise buildings all over Karachi metropolis – how real estate groomed its business in Karachi……does it not show that Karachi population increased
How the existing infrastructure are dysfunctional due to rising population not enough to meet growing needs of people & that’s the reason correct population figure is mandatory to calculate the city expense and earning ratio.
The attitude of waste management & unmanageable encroachment mafia where the city of light has been converted into slum area this is due to unplanned constructions’ of houses/ flats coupled with other anomalies related with normal living condition in Karachi and that’s signalling the rising population.
Karachi is now Pakistan’s premier industrial and financial center. The city has a formal economy estimated to be worth $ 113 billion as of 2014 – Karachi collects over a third of Pakistan’s tax revenue and generates approximately 20% Pakistan’s GDP……….however in 2017 it has a rising figure.
Approximately 30% of Pakistani industrial output is from Karachi, while Karachi’s ports handle approximately 95% of Pakistan’s foreign trade.
Approximately 90% of the multinational corporations operating in Pakistan are headquartered in Karachi – up to 70% of Karachi workforce is employed in the informal economy which is typically not included in GDP calculations.
Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the financial capital of Pakistan.
Karachi is one of the world’s largest city in terms of population, 13th largest urban agglomeration (2006) – the 4th largest metropolitan area in the world – and the 2nd largest city within the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It is Pakistan premier center of banking, industry, and trade.
Karachi homes to Pakistan’s largest corporations, including those that are involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research etc.
The city is a major hub of higher education in South Asia and the wider Islamic world. Karachi is ranked as a Beta world city.
However the census 2017 ……….shows the breakdown that Punjab leads in terms of populace with 110 million – Sindh 47.8 million – Khyber Pakhtonkhwa 30.5 million – Balochistan 12.3 million – Fata 2.4 million and Islamabad Capital Territory 2 million….here Gilgit – Biltistan and Azad Kashmir has not been shown………..a biq question mark too for debate..
According to provisional summary of census 2017 conducted by PBOS the population of Pakistan has surged to 207.77 million having experienced a 57 percent increased since last census in 1998 needs a revision to show the exact population of PAKISTAN
It’s very disappointing that still we are living in Stone Age and believe in ”conventional style of enumeration” by doing physical visits and knocking the door of an individual instead to adapt technology to make census more efficient and professional.
When we will be matured and sincere to impregnate our population census criteria through electronically operated apparatus that’s may available at finger tips instead to open the long ledger book and knocking the door in urban and rural area for data collection…..a procedure to be followed as European world following for its census.
For God sake please equip our Economic Administrative set up with computer oriented technology – we have expertise – hire it adapt it and adopt it instead seem busy in corruption and corruption mechanism and throwing the country at the back burner for not flourishing advance technology, said Economic doctor delivered speech at open public forum.