07 September 2011

The hinge of fate
The News - Pakistan

Because Pakistan has not conducted a census since 1998, the country’s population size is conjectural. The government of Pakistan estimates the current figure at about 175 million people, while the United Nations believes the number is closer to 185 million. However, while the precise figure may be in doubt, the population’s rapid rise is not. Though no longer increasing at the more than three percent seen in the 1980s, at which rate the population doubles every 25 years. Pakistan’s population is still growing at more than two percent. According to the UN Population Division’s latest mid-range demographic projections released in 2009, the population will rise to 335 million by 2050. The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics forecasts population to be 350 million by 2050. ,…(7 September 2011)

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