Though Pakistan is currently consumed with fallout from the Panama Leaks, yet another storm is also brewing in the shadows. With a population hovering around 210 million, Pakistan is the 5th (and not 6th) largest country in the world trailing behind China, India, United States and Indonesia. Pakistan is the smallest in size as compared to the other four most populous nations of the world. There are no reliable figures or precise numbers related to Pakistan’s population in the past 18 years. The Council of Common Interests on Feb 28, under the chairmanship of PM Sharif, postponed the population census indefinitely citing “commitments of security forces and ongoing operations”. Despite demands from opposition politicians, the constitutionally mandated population census has been deferred once again. Interestingly, the Council decided in its last meeting in March 2015 that census will be held in March this year.
Dr. Yousafzai received his Ph.D. degree from Kent State University in 2005. He is a geoscience/geostrategy professional and has worked in the South and Central Asian regions for the past 20 years. He has published numerous articles on the natural resources, economy, politics and society of Afghanistan and Pakistan.