Pakistan

Pakistan holds its first census in 19 years, but not everyone is ready to be counted

Pakistan holds its first census in 19 years, but not everyone is ready to be counted

Like many countries, Pakistan allocates federal resources to its provinces and administrative regions based on population.

Trouble is, Pakistan’s last census took place nearly two decades ago, and insecurity and political wrangling have stalled efforts to carry out a fresh head count.

This month Pakistan launched a national census for the first time in 19 years, deploying 200,000 soldiers alongside 118,000 civilian enumerators in an effort to count and compile demographic data on every person.

The census will not only count the population and ethnic and faith groups in each of the country’s four provinces and other administrative units. It will also determine...

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