New census data: Pakistan population exceeds 207 million

Islamabad, Aug 26, IRNA – The population of Pakistan hit 207.77 million, showing an increase of 75.4 million people in 19 years, according to results of the 6th population census of the country.

The sixth population provincial data shows Pakistan houses 106.45m males and 101.31m females.

The population was just over 130 million in 1998, the year when the 5th census had been conducted. This means the country has witnessed a 57% increase in the population at an average annual rate of 2.4%.

There are 30.5m people reside in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 5m in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), 47.9m in Sindh province, 12.3m in Balochistan province, 2m in Islamabad, while Punjab — the largest province in terms of population — houses 110 million people.

The provisional results exclude data from Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir regions which is likely to be included in the final report.

The census is likely to have important implications for the upcoming general elections, as constituencies are expected to have to be redrawn according to the newly-compiled results.