The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) Chief Census Commissioner and Chief Statistician, Naeem uz Zafar, has announced the preliminary findings of the seventh national and first-ever digital population census.
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The Census Commissioner announced during a press conference that there are now 249,566,743 people living in Pakistan (249.5 million or 25 crore).
- Punjab is the most populous province, with a population of over 127,474,000 (127.4 million or 12.7 Crore), according to the breakdown by province.
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has a population of over 39,823,000 (39.7 million or 3.9 crore), while Sindh has a population of over 57,931,000 (57.9 million or 5.7 crore).
- Balochistan has a population of over 21,977,000 (21.9 million, or 2.1 crore), compared to Islamabad’s 2,359,422 (2.3 million, or 23 lac) citizens.
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The population of Pakistan has grown by 49 million (or 4.9 crore) since the last census, according to the Census Commissioner. According to the Census Commissioner, the first-ever digital census will cost the national exchequer more than Rs. 34 billion overall.