Three men, almost 100 children — Pakistan’s story of a growing population

In a place where the development budget was hiked by 40 per cent, 60 million people live below the poverty line. Observers have said this will negate any boom in economy that takes place.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Pakistan, Pakistan population, Pakistan population census The last census in Pakistan showed a population of 135 million. Results of the new census are expected to take that number up to 200 million.

Pakistan is due for a census count after 19 odd years and the numbers are expected to skyrocket. Three Pakistani men who have fathered nearly a hundred children have done their bit for the count. Even as the country sees hard-earned economic gains and social services, its growing population seeks to hamper that progress. With the highest birth rate in South-Asia, Pakistan sees three children per woman, according to the World Bank and government figures. AFP interviewed the three men to find out why there was a population boom and who would provide for the children.

Gulzar Khan, who has fathered 36 children, said, “God has created the entire universe and all human beings, so why should I stop the natural process of a baby’s birth?” He believes Islam prevents family planning. In North-West Pakistan, tribal enmities have goaded couples into having more strength in the family. Gulzar states categorically, “We wanted to be stronger.”

The last census in Pakistan showed a population of 135 million. Results of the new census are expected to take that number up to 200 million. In a place where the development budget was hiked by 40 per cent, 60 million people live below the poverty line. Observers have said this will negate any boom in economy that takes place.

Gulzar Khan’s brother has also fathered 22 children, although, he says, his grandchildren are too many to count.

“God has promised that he will provide food and resources but people have weak faith,” he told AFP. His views are echoed by Jan Mohammed, father of 38 children who previously called on the government to provide resources for his family. “The more Muslims grow, the more their enemies will fear them… Muslims should go for more and more children,” he told AFP.

Mohammed has a vision of having 100 children but no woman has agreed to it. Neither of the wives of the three men were allowed to talk to AFP.

Zeba A Sathar, country director for the UN population council said a lot of this can be prevented if women were given the right to birth control or contraceptives.

With inputs from AFP

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    Kaspar
    Jun 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm
    Do they really need to justify their numbers to the AFP? There are many who have no children and running from one doc or fertility center to another to have one! Go interview then as well.
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    GandhiSpeaks
    Jun 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    Stupid, uneducated fools. Why can't the government promote family planning? More population to feed on limited and depleting resources of the Country. Promotes poverty.
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    Shafted mohammed
    Jun 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm
    What a shame , ajmal kasab was like that and his father could not get him a t shirt and he became jihadi. stan is producing piglets and these then form terrorists. stan army also does not disclose the casualties as in kargil more than four thousand soldiers died but the army does not want to admit its failures and want to tell the world and fool its own people that stan won the kargil war and there was no surgical strikes by India.
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    P. B. Mohan
    Jun 10, 2017 at 6:04 pm
    ( stani Muslims)
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    P. B. Mohan
    Jun 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    only with you( stani Muslims), the dirty ideology behind birth. The main reason behind spreading and suffering of terrorism are you, because of poor education. The best example for the world is Malala Yousafzai. Jai Hind
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    ncd
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    they are generating like pigs or . what a strange perception of them. bloody people of satan.nbd
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    dv1936
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    Muslims want to dominate the world by sheer numbers. Think of how many millions have recently gone to Europe. You can think of a Muslim controlled Europe in not too distant a future. The mayor of London is a Muslim. Same for India.
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    Kanwar puri
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    It is a tragedy to bring kids into this world on the name of God. There are three things at fault and must be corrected. First is religion which makes people do bad things on the name of God and the second is lack of education. The last but the most important is empowerment of women which seems to be missing in most countries but specially in stan.
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