SC expresses displeasure over govt delay in carrying out census

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday has directed to conduct population census on March 15, 2017.


SC expressed resentment over the government for delay in carrying out the census and not finalizing any date.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that there is no other option besides summoning the Prime Minister in the court.

“There is vast difference between 1998 and today’s population. Police are being made without having any record of the exact number of people in the country,” he said.

The last census was carried out in 1998 when the population was counted at 132 million people.

It is since believed to have crossed the 200 million mark, an estimate based on figures from yearly growth statements issued by the country’s statistics bureau and survey work, making Pakistan the sixth most populous country in the world.

Pakistan was due to conduct a census in 2008 and 2010 but political unrest, conflict, and natural disasters contributed to delays.