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Only PM can rein in 'disastrous' population growth, says CJP at symposium

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    Only PM can rein in 'disastrous' population growth, says CJP at symposium
    Dawn.com Updated December 05, 2018
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    CJP and PM Khan headline a symposium in the capital on population growth in Pakistan. — DawnNewsTV

    Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday termed unbridled population growth as the "most disastrous issue" for Pakistan, and regretted that the "menace" was not given any attention in the past 60 years.

    He made the remarks while addressing a symposium in the capital on the alarming population growth in Pakistan.

    "Our water reserves and resources are depleting, but our mouths [to feed] are increasing," he said while addressing the event that was attended by several high-profile personalities, including judges and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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    Chief Justice Saqib Nisar addresses the symposium. — DawnNewsTV


    CJP Nisar called on the prime minister to probe why no dam had been built in Pakistan in the past 40 years and why the country was facing such an "alarming" situation.

    "Today we have no water management in Pakistan and water is our life. Without water, we cannot conceive a life," he said.

    The top judge said that the apex court had created a task force which presented its recommendations after holding a few sessions but added that that was the extent of their power.

    "The judiciary does not have any mechanism to act on these recommendations," he said. "The only person who can get any implementation done is the prime minister," he said.

    He said the Supreme Court has played its part in amplifying and understanding human rights and now it was the Executive's job to take them forward.

    Justice Nisar said the burden on the judicial system did not go back to just the past five to seven years but it was centuries old.

    "The tools have to be given to us by the parliament," he said, regretting that so much time had passed but laws had not been updated.

    CJP Nisar said models used by other countries to restrain their population growth were before the country and that they just needed to be implemented and awareness needed to be created.

    "I am hopeful that with good intentions, we will reach our dream in a few years," the top judge said.

    Problems exist due to 'short-term thinking': PM
    Prime Minister Imran Khan began his address by thanking the top judge for inviting him to the event. "I am glad I am not being presented in courtroom number one," he joked.

    Speaking at the day-long symposium, Khan expressed "the nation's resolve to address the population growth in the country", reported Radio Pakistan.

    Addressing CJP Nisar, the premier said that the steps that the top judge had taken should have been taken by democratic governments instead.

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    PM Imran Khan speaks at the symposium. — DawnNewsTV


    "The democratic governments only used to think about five years," he said, adding that nothing could be accomplished in that time span for major issues.

    "We are in these problems because of a short-term thinking," Prime Minister Khan regretted.

    The premier recalled the family planning campaigns shown on television in the 1960's, saying those were very "effective".

    He said that people were under the impression that (formerly) East Pakistan had been a burden on the country's population, but today Bangladesh had gotten ahead of Pakistan.

    "As the population continues to grow, our food security will be affected," he cautioned.

    Prime Minister Khan thanked the CJP for raising the matter of population growth which he called a very "serious issue".

    He said the government has formed task forces to address population growth, adding that he was glad that all provincial chief ministers were on board for the initiative.

    Khan noted that the delivery system of contraceptives in the country was an issue but what was actually needed was an ambition to resolve the problem.

    "There is a big role for the ulema," he said, citing examples of Iran and Bangladesh where population control campaigns were done from mosques. The premier said Pakistan too needed to involve its mosques in the campaign.

    'Singularity of narrative'
    The event is being attended by provincial chief ministers, judges of the Supreme Court, ministers and other officials including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider.

    Former senator Javed Jabbar, while addressing the symposium, acknowledged former president Ayub Khan's contribution, noting that while he may not have been a democratically elected leader, credit should be given to him for highlighting family planning.

    "Why have we forgotten the narrative [in the last fifty years]?" he asked. "There needs to be a singularity of narrative."

    Renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil observed that the problem in Pakistan was "illiteracy" and stressed the importance of education to bring population growth under control.

    He noted that while the symposium was being held in Islamabad, the problem is more prevalent in rural areas.

    Vice-president of the Population Council, John Bongaarts, the first speaker of the event, highlighted the levels of contraceptives used in Pakistan as compared to other countries in the region such as Bangladesh and India.

    Furthermore, he presented the benefits of family planning programmes, adding that this was an extremely important event for Pakistan.

    Co-chair of the World Health Organisation High-Level Independent Commission on Non-communicable diseases, Dr Sania Nishtar, while addressing the symposium, said "today is a landmark day" and remarked that the "stellar show of strength" of various stakeholders was "critical" to the cause.

    A documentary on population dynamics was presented at the event.
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    Many People may not like this but i kinda like what hes doing for Pakistan.
    Majority of people tend to complain that this isnt his job, well he lives in Pakistan and everyone's life directly or indirectly get affected by it.
    Even with all the problems i see Pakistan does have 3 powerful actually working for Pakistani interests, not easy but it will need time and people in power should highlight the problems only than they can be resolved.

    Few sectors if these guys are able to solve it will turn Pakistan around and quickly
    Justice system.
    Education.
    Police.
    Hospitals.
    Power Sector.
    Agriculture & Industry
    Communication.
    Housing.

    These sectors directly affect the country, if these people in power are able to make changes Pakistan will have much better position in regards to everything.
     
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    Bring jobs and improve education and focus on human development. The population will automatically stabilize and be reigned in. See the fertility rate in 1900s America and then see them after a decade after the Cold War ended.
     
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    The fertility rate is falling but we need to discourage abortion as a viable means of population control some folks ae seriously using that instead of protection
     
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    It's very hard to go to shop and ask shopkeeper for protection in Pakistan.... they give you weird looks especially if you are young guy :partay::partay:
     
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    Ab wo homeopathic ho gaya hy is mein hamara kiya kasoor :D
     
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    use a plastic bag.
     
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    But it's not falling fast enough, we need a good two decades of development to bring it down to satisfactory levels.
    Abortion in Pakistan, at least the illegal one's are due to the gender of the child, and that is because in the last 70 years we have not been able to create a female friendly environment where a woman could be a bread winner for her family.
     
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    It has less to do with the bread winner role and more to do with the family name despite the fact that both your son and daughter will ensure immortality of your genetic material people believe your line wont move forward if you only have daughters :D
    Its falling fast for urban upper and middle class but not for rural lower class a combination of media campaigns and encouragement of late marriage and child spacing is needed to combat this
     
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    Did the official census figure ever come out?
     
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    PM, CJP agree Pakistan’s survival linked with population control
    BY STAFF REPORT , (LAST UPDATED 2 MINS AGO)
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    –Chief justice says population would reach 450m in next 30 years if not controlled timely

    –Population growth and cities’ expansion leading to environmental degradation, says premier

    –NHSRC secretary says nationwide campaign to highlight population control to be launched soon

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar are on the same page to deal with the issue population growth in the country as both believe that bringing it under control is the key to Pakistan’s survival.

    A symposium, organised by the Law and Justice Commission, was held on population control under the oversight of the chief justice at the Supreme Court (SC) building on Wednesday. The prime minister attended the symposium as the chief guest while Maulana Tariq Jameel, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar and Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) Secretary Zahid Saeed also shared their thoughts on the matter. Furthermore, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, provincial chief ministers and SC judges also attended the event.

    Addressing the symposium, CJP Nisar said that population growth is an issue that requires the utmost attention of the authorities. He regretted that nobody had paid heed to this issue during the last 60 years.

    The top judge further said that that there was a water shortage in the country and the growing population was making the problem worse. “Our water is decreasing but mouths hopeful for water are increasing,” he remarked. He said that there is no system for water management in the country and called for a new legislation as the “resources of the country are depleting rapidly”. He also called on the president and the prime minister to investigate why nothing had been done for the construction of dams during the past 40 years.

    The chief justice said that there were various plans and strategies devised by other countries for controlling population growth and Pakistan only had to implement them and create awareness through the media.

    If the situation is not controlled timely, Pakistan’s population would reach 450 million in the next 30 years.

    He also stressed the importance of education, saying that it was necessary for a nation’s growth. “The faculty of thinking is of utmost importance and only nations who have pursued education have progressed,” he said.

    PM Khan said that the previous governments did not think beyond their five-year tenures and paid no heed to the growing population of the country.

    He linked the issue of population growth with environmental degradation.

    “The rate of population growth and the expansion of cities are having a devastating impact on our environment,” the prime minister said.

    “I have always been an environmentalist. I remember that when I was young, there would be a different temperature in every area of Lahore. Back then the city was green but now it is all concrete. People would drink from the tap and Ravi used to be a nice river but now it is nothing but a garbage dump,” he said.

    He said that he wanted to break the walls of Governor House in Lahore so that the citizens can see its gardens.

    He also said that children need to be educated about family planning and the environment in schools. “Pakistan is on the seventh spot in the list of nations which will be most affected by climate change in the future,” he said.

    He thanked the chief justice for raising this issue and said that the chief ministers of all four provinces were on board to bring population growth under control.

    NHSRC Secretary Zahid Saeed said, “A nationwide campaign to highlight the issue of population control will soon be started with the cooperation of all provinces.”

    “A number of meetings were held and the provinces have also given their recommendations on the issue. The prime minister had called a meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) for this purpose and those recommendations were approved with a consensus,” he added.

    He further said that Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and lack of clear policy and is to blame for this.

    Maulana Tariq Jameel underscored that illiteracy and poverty are the primary reasons behind population growth and stressed the importance of making education accessible.

    “This symposium is being held in Islamabad but the problem is more prevalent in the rural areas of the country,” he remarked.

    BISP Chairperson Dr Sania Nishtar, while addressing the symposium, said, “The show of strength of various stakeholders is critical to the cause.”

    Earlier, the prime minister and the chief justice held a one-on-one meeting ahead of the symposium. The 30-minute long meeting took place in the top judge’s chamber as the prime minister arrived at the venue ahead of time.

    During his visit to London, the chief justice had said that he would kick-start a campaign in December to raise awareness about the importance of population control. He had taken a suo motu notice of population growth in the country and had constituted a task force to control growth. Later, the task force had presented its recommendations which included the establishment of a national and provincial task force for steering, providing oversight and taking critical decisions to reduce population growth; ensuring universal access to FP/RH services; increasing contraceptive prevalence rate among others. The task force had also recommended that a five-year non-lapsable special fund be created with an annual allocation of Rs10 billion for reducing the rate of population growth. The fund shall be set up exclusively from the resources of the federal government, the task force had further recommended.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...dress-conference-on-population-control-at-sc/
     
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    Incorrect. There have been many programs to try to reduce the birth rate over the decades.
     
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    Paid heed doesnt really mean no work was done just means no proper attention :unsure: Coz had anyone paid heed, there would have been some national plan running by now, no?