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PM gives go ahead for 6th population census

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif endorsed the sixth census plan after wading through two different summaries one by the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Division and the other by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) – ARY News reports.

The Prime Minister approved the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division’s summary for a census in the country. Another summary by the ECP on the same subject was unified with the IPC’s version, told an official at the PM Secretariat.

Between 1951 and 1981, four national population counts were conducted in the country at fairly regular intervals. The 1971 census was delayed by a year on account of the war and subsequent loss of East Pakistan.

The next population count came nine years later in 1981.

But the fifth census was conducted after an enormous gap of 17 years in 1998 during Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Government.

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