ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Assembly was told that with population of 218.326 million (projected) in 2019, Pakistan has become the 5th most Populous Country in the world, and its population growth rate is the highest among the neighboring Countries.
In reply to a question by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) MNA Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, the Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination told that in 2017, Pakistan was the 6th Most Populous Country in the world.
The minister told that according to Housing & Population Census Report 2017, Pakistan’s population was 208.7 million, with population growth rate of 2.4% per annum.
The national health services minister further told that on basis of the World Bank (WB) Report ‘Pakistan@100-Sharing the Future 2047’ published during March 2019, the Country Director World Bank claimed that with the present growth rate, Pakistan’s population will be 376 million after next 28 years, i.e. in 2047.
The House was also told that the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan while taking a suo moto notice in July 2018 on alarming population growth formed a Task Force to frame recommendations to control high population growth rate in Pakistan. It was told that the set of Recommendations endorsed by the Supreme Court was later approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in its 40th meeting in November 2018.
Project of extension of Polyclinic Hospital not dropped
To another question by PML-N’s Tahira Aurangzeb, the minister told that the project of extension of Federal Government Polyclinic (FGPC) Hospital has not been dropped.
The minister told that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is in the process of allotment of 12 acre of land in Sector D-12. He said that the government has already allocated Rs 47.896 million for the feasibility study of FGPC-II.