Pakistan to conduct census after 19-year hiatus

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan this month will conduct the first country-wide census in 19 years, Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa announced Thursday (March 2), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.

The army will protect census takers, said Bajwa.

The 1998 census reported a population of 134.7 million. In 2015, the World Bank estimated the population at 189 million.

The new census might reveal changing provincial demographics and could end years of disputes among politicians about their electorates, reported RFE/RL.

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