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    Pakistan census 2017: Date of first phase extended up to April 20
    Last Updated On 18 April,2017 07:00 am

    Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has extended date of first phase of the census up to April 20.
    ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – According to the officials of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, special measures have been taken for those families and households not counted on missed in the first phase of the census 2017.

    Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has extended date of first phase of the census up to April 20. People are asked to contact toll free number up to April 20 for the purpose.

    National population census and house listing survey was kicked off in

    The first phase of sixth national population and housing census was kicked off in 63 districts across the country on March 15 and was due to end on April 14.
     
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    Census results hurting Baloch interests won’t be accepted, warns NP

    QUETTA: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping and president of the National Party Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has said that if results of the census are not in favour of the interests of the Baloch people, they will not accept it.

    Addressing a public meeting at Mir Gul Khan Naseer Chowk here on Sunday, he said that NP didn’t boycott the census and making the Baloch part of the census was a national obligation.

    The NP president said that he didn’t know if the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was in the interest of the Baloch people or not but they were monitoring the project closely.

    He said that it should also be kept in mind that the Baloch could not stop the CPEC, so the project should not be made controversial, adding that if Gwadar was to be protected and the fate of the Baloch people had to be changed, then they must become part of the CPEC.

    He said that the Baloch were a capable nation as testified by history as they had governed such a large territory for centuries in the past and they could govern and handle Gwadar in future too as the area belonged to the local people as well as other people of Balochistan.

    The NP leader said that the Balochistan government should impart technical education to children to prepare them for future challenges.

    He said that in order to protect Gwadar and for the sake of their own development and progress, the Baloch would have to become part of the CPEC.

    Mir Hasil lashed out at the Balochistan National Party, saying that it couldn’t digest seeing the NP in power and had levelled allegations of treason for breaking the party at the behest of others.

    He also criticised a meeting of BNP chief Akhtar Mengal with another leader, saying that the ‘unholy alliance’ was meant only for the getting power.

    He said that Mir Gul Khan Naseer had spent 13 years in jail for the rights of Baloch people, but never complained.

    He said that NP considered the CPEC a positive step and it was in favour of development of Balochistan.

    He claimed and all his party’s leaders were clean and not involved in corrupt practices and challenged his opponents to prove charges of corruption against NP leaders and ministers.

    He said relatives of Gul Khan Naseer were now joining the National Party and that was a good sign.

    Former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik said that the Baloch people were facing two challenges: one was the CPEC and the other was the census.

    “If the establishment converts the Baloch into minority, I and my party will not accept the census,” Dr Malik declared.

    He said that the National Party considered the CPEC a positive step which was in the interest of progress and development of Balochistan.

    The meeting was addressed among others by Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Nawab Mohammad Khan Shawani, Mir Tahir Bizenjo, Mir Kabir Mohamad Shahi, Rehmat Saleh Baloch, Sardar Asif Sher Jamaldini and some other leaders.

    Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2017
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1328842
     
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    Foreign observers ‘satisfied with census process’

    ISLAMABAD: As the second phase of the sixth population census begins today (Tuesday) that will also cover the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, foreign observers have expressed their satisfaction over the first phase carried out in 63 districts of the country, said Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa on Monday.

    The positive feedback by six international observers is likely to strengthen hands of the authorities concerned who faced questions about their preparedness and transparency in conducting the largest door-to-door exercise.

    “The international observers do not identify major flaws during the first phase of the house listing and population census,” Bajwa told a press conference at the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

    Security plan for census finalised

    The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) had arranged the visit of the foreign observers to determine the process’ alignment with international standards.

    However, the observers had some objections with regard to the media campaign run by the government to sensitise people about the exercise, noting that billboards should also have been placed all across the country, explaining the benefits and process of the population census, said Bajwa.

    Yet the foreign observers noted that every household was aware of the population census, Bajwa added.

    The chief statistician was speaking to the media a day before the start of the second phase of the exercise.

    Completing the census

    As many as 88 districts across the country would be covered during the second phase, according to the chief census commissioner. The second phase includes 20 districts in Punjab, 21 in Sindh, 17 in Balochistan, 18 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, six in Fata, five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and the Islamabad Federal Capital Territory.

    The process would continue till May 24, as the Chief Census Commissioner vowed to complete the exercise within the stipulated time due to the advent of Ramazan, likely to start from May 26.

    The first phase, which commenced on March 15 and ended earlier this month, was conducted in eight districts of Sindh, 16 districts of Punjab, 14 districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.

    “No major untoward incident has happened during the first phase except a suicide bombing in Lahore in which four army personnel and three civilians were killed,” said Bajwa.

    Govt to ensure transparent census

    “As many as eight enumerators had also been kidnapped from the Kech district of Balochistan, but seven of them have returned to their homes,” said Bajwa, adding “One enumerator, who happens to be a schoolteacher, is still missing.”

    “Compared with the first phase, we have further improved our systems and procedures while learning from our experience,” said Dr Shujat Ali, Secretary, Statistics Division.

    Bajwa said so far the census authorities had verified data of 3.79 million heads of households from the National Database and Registration Authority.

    Meanwhile, the government has made foolproof security arrangements to hold census in six tribal agencies and Frontier Regions of Fata.

    Smooth conduct of census a collective success: army chief

    Mohmand Agency Political Agent Mehmood Aslam Wazir, while giving details, told The Express Tribune that the census will be held in two phases.

    He said although no registered IDPs were there in Mohmand tribal area, those who had been settled in other parts of the country but had permanent residence in the agency would be facilitated by the administration.

    Also, ANP Mohmand president Nisar Mohmand told The Express Tribune that when a large number of Mohmand population had been living outside the agency, how can we expect that our population would increase.

    Senator Hilal Rehman, chairman of the Senate Committee for SAFRON also showed similar reservations.

    Housing census from April 25

    “The government has announced that only registered IDPs will be counted in the census. Then, what will be the status of those Mohmand residents who have migrated to Punjab and Karachi due to law and order and will come back after some time?”
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1392722/foreign-observers-satisfied-census-process/
     
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    Man arrested for obstructing, abusing census team


    A police officer said that the suspect seemed to have reacted out of depression. PHOTO: APP/FILE

    ISLAMABAD: A government official has been arrested for allegedly obstructing and quarrelling with a census team in Sector G-10 on Sunday morning.

    According to the police, an official of the paramilitary Rangers deputed in the area to provide security to census staff saw Malik Mukhtar Ahmed squabble with his team.

    The official added that the suspect was a patwari (land record official) at the deputy commissioner’s office, and became upset when the census officials rang his doorbell.

    The Ranger’s personnel claimed that Ahmed had hurled abuses at him and the army while refusing to share details required for the census.

    Moreover, the official said that Ahmed had even tried to snatch his official gun while hurling threats.

    Based on the complaint filed by the Ranger’s official, Ramna police have booked Ahmed for obstructing a public servant and for issuing threats.

    Commenting on the incident, a police officer said that the suspect seemed to have reacted out of depression since he had only just returned from the hospital where his sister was admitted after suffering an accident.

    The officer added that the suspect had also been suspended from his job at the land record office prior to Sunday morning’s incident.

    Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2017.
     
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    Census activities resume in Chaman
    May 08, 2017, 12:34 pm
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    Chaman border.

    The assault provoked a response from the Pakistani side, resulting in hours-long exchange of fire in which both sides also used heavy arms - killing at least 15 people, nine of them on Pakistani side.

    Relations between the countries have been uneasy since Pakistan's independence in 1947. Afghanistan has traditionally enjoyed better ties with Pakistan's arch rival, India.

    Both countries for years have also accused each other of sheltering militants on their soil that both countries allegedly use against each other as proxies.

    Tension has been increasing in recent months amid new exchanges of accusations of not doing enough to tackle militants engaging in cross-border raids.
    http://nation.com.pk/national/08-May-2017/census-activities-resume-in-chaman
     
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    The heavy arms were less exchanged though. Two of our armoured vehicles were destroyed and the border is very tense for now. At least according to an Afghan intelligence briefing received by a.........friend. Both sides are massing troops, while the Afghan Border Security is probably requesting tanks.
     
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    Officials mull extending census by a month


    ISLAMABAD: One sign that the population of Islamabad has grown exponentially seems to be the difficulties which census teams have been facing in completing the headcount exercise by the official deadline of May 25.

    Officials in the capital’s administration have told The Express Tribune that the authorities may be compelled to extend the deadline for the census in the capital by a month to make sure the exercise is comprehensive.

    They, however, have blamed poor planning and underestimations made by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) for this.

    Officials from the PBS, the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration and Islamabad Police are thus expected to meet on Tuesday (today), to consider these issues and mull plans to extend the exercise.

    An officer familiar with the developments in the ongoing headcount exercise explained that many of the sprawling societies located in the Lohi Bher area had been shown as ‘fields’ in the PBS record when the blocks were drawn ahead of the census. This, the officer – who did not wish to be named – said, led to underestimates when the teams visited these areas and found sprawling housing societies there.

    Hence, he suggested, the exercise could be extended by a month in the capital.

    Furthermore, the officer said that some of the localities were missing from the PBS record as they had not been included in any block. Some of the blocks will be revised and added, he said.

    An officer in the capital administration said that as per the progress made by the enumerators so far, the population of the capital was estimated to be around 2.6 million people – up from previous estimates of

    PBS Member Census Habibullah Khan acknowledged that there had been some shortcomings while planning for the census. He said additional blocks were being created and additional staff were being employed on an emergency basis to plug the gaps.

    The head count exercise in the capital began on April 25 as part of the second phase of the nationwide activity. It was scheduled to be completed by May 25, though, it now seems likely that the deadline will be extended beyond May.

    As many as 652 teams, each team consisting of a civilian and a military official, are taking part in the census in the capital. The city has been divided into 135 circles for counting the number of houses and people living there.

    Armed security officials are also accompanying each census team.

    Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2017.

    If 2.6m figure is true then that's more then 3 times more population then in 1998 census.
     
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    "An officer in the capital administration said that as per the progress made by the enumerators so far, the population of the capital was estimated to be around 2.6 million people."

    In 1998 census population was 805,000. Islamabad area 906 km2, almost 3000 people per km2. Population have exploded in Islamabad.
     
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    That works out to almost 12% increase per year, since 1998.
     
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    17.2 million.
     
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    That's near impossible; maybe they counted parts of Rawalpindi?

    That's not bad. On google, it was 26.5 million.
     
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    I don't know, i m using the numbers that save_gehenda provided to calculate. It might be better to wait for the official numbers to come out.

    How is that possible, according to google, Karachi population right now is 27.51mil (2016)
     
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    ISB figures don't include Pindi area which is counted in punjab.
     
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    That's might be a great joke, this figured in last census.
     
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    Karachi population was 9.2m in 1998 census.