Pakistan

Census to begin in 63 districts of Pakistan tomorrow

KARACHI: Sixth Population Census of Pakistan will begin in 63 districts of the country from Wednesday (tomorrow), ARY News reported.

The census will begin with house count in 63 districts of the country including 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh including Karachi, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar and 15 districts of Balochistan.

Moreover, the population will also begin in five districts of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan regions each.

The population count, usually conducted in Pakistan after every decade, this time being started in the country after 19 years period.

According to the law, the people who will provide wrong information to the enumerators will face six-month jail term and Rs. 50,000 fine over the breach of the census rules.

Special forms have been printed for the first phase of the census that will resume on March 15 and will conclude on April 15.

To ensure authenticity and avoid fake data a bar-code has been added to the form. The photo-copied forms will not be machine-readable.

Each enumerator will be given the map of his or her area for the census. The houses having more than one family will be counted on the basis of separate kitchen.

The people lacking the national identity card would also be registered for the census.

Preliminary figures of the population census will be released within 60 days of the practice.

The census body has set up complaint cells to cater the complaints over the process.

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