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The Council of Common Interests has decided to begin Population Census on the 15th of March next year. At its meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Friday, the Council decided that house listing and census operation may be carried out in one go. It decided that the Population Census may be held in two phases and each phase may be carried out in all the provinces simultaneously. There will be a committee of secretary statistics and four chief secretaries to address all the  implementation issues.

DAR DIRECTS STATISTICS DIVISION, PBS TO TAKE STEPS FOR CREDIBLE CENSUS NEXT YEAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed Statistics Division and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics that every effort should be made to ensure credible and transparent national census next year. He directed to take all necessary steps to start the 6th National Census on March 15 as decided by the Council of Common Interests. The Minister highlighted that reliable data gathered from the census will play a vital role in adequate planning, policy-building, and effective delivery of services to the people.

POPULATION WELFARE TOP PRIORITY OF PRESENT GOVT: INFO MINISTER

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the Prime Minister announcement to start census from March 15, next year is manifestation of the fact that the government wanted to resolve social problems on priority basis. She said that it was priority of the government to hold census before 2018. The Minister said population welfare is one of the top priorities of present government. She said media should come forward and fulfil its responsibilities towards human development issues. She said state media including Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television had over 90 per cent outreach which could be utilized for creation of awareness among the masses.

EFFORTS TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS BEING SABOTAGED BY INDIA: ZAKARIA

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says India is sabotaging efforts to normalize relations with Pakistan and is using flimsiest reasons to avoid talks. He urged New Delhi to come to the dialogue table and show seriousness in resolving the Kashmir issue. Nafees Zakaria said India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture Pakistan made towards normalizing relations. Every time there is prospect for talks, but New Delhi comes up with a new excuse. He said India wants to suppress Kashmiris and use Pakistan card and border tension to hide their crimes against humanity in Occupied Kashmir and also for playing domestic politics. To a question, Nafees Zakaria said any improvement in bilateral ties and the security situation in the region depends on the Indian attitude and behavior. He asked India to immediately stop the bloodshed in Kashmir.

China slams India over invite to Dalai Lama at Rashtrapati Bhavan

China has slammed India for inviting the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, and urged New Delhi to respect Beijing’s “core interest” in order to avoid “any disturbance” in bilateral ties. In a strongly worded response to a question, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said “Recently in disregard of China’s solemn representation and strong opposition, the Indian side insisted on arranging for the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the Indian Presidential palace and participation in the event with the Indian President and meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee.” The spokesman asserted that the Beijing was “strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that.” 

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Analysts on Call:

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Dr Noor Fatima (Expert on World Affairs)


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