Population Policy of Pakistan

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Introduction: Pakistan's population has increased from 34 million in 1951 to 152 million in mid 2005. The addition of over 116 million Pakistanis in just five decades is due to the high population growth rates in the last thirty years. Continuing high population growth will amount to Pakistan's population reaching 220 million by the year 2020. Coupled with poor human development indicators such as low:

a) Literacy
b) high infant mortality
c) low economic growth rates
d) poor health facilities
e) poor educational facilities

Such a large population will undermine efforts being undertaken to reduce poverty and to improve the standards of living of the populace.

While Population Growth Rate (PGR) has
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The Population Policy has several wide-ranging consequences for the economy, polity, human rights and the long-term prosperity of Pakistan.

The Population Policy is the outcome of a participatory process and enjoys the consensus of all stakeholders and partners, within government, NGOS and, civil society.

VISION: The overall vision of the Population Policy is to achieve population stabilization by 2020 through the expeditious completion of the demographic transition that entails declines both in fertility and mortality rates. GOALS: The Population Policy seeks to:-

1) Attain a balance between resources and population within the broad parameters of the ICPD paradigm.
2) Address various dimensions of the population issue within national laws, development priorities while remaining within our national social and cultural norms .

3) Increase awareness of the adverse consequences of rapid population growth both at the national, provincial, district and community levels.

4) Promote family planning as an entitlement based on informed and voluntary choice.

5) Attain a reduction in fertility through improvement in access and quality of reproductive health services.

6) Reduce population momentum through a delay in the first birth, changing spacing patterns and reduction in family size desires.

OBJECTIVES

Short Term:

a) Reduce
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