A three-member Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, announced the verdict on the case on a suo motu case related to the country’s burgeoning population growth and directed government, civil society and religious scholars should all take steps to tackle the issue adding that a campaign must be launched to create awareness.
“We need a campaign to decrease the population,” the court said. “It is a question of the future of our coming generations.” “The entire nation must stand united on the matter of population planning,” said chief justice Nisar, who has termed unbridled population growth as the “most disastrous issue” for Pakistan.
According to the 2017 census, Pakistan’s population is approximately 207,774,520, making it the world’s fifth most populous nation only behind India, China, the United States and Indonesia.
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21 August, 2019