PM Khan, CJP Nisar to address symposium on population growth
A day-long symposium on an alarming population growth in Pakistan is being held in Islamabad.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will address the symposium to express "the nation's resolve to address the population growth in the country", reported Radio Pakistan.
The event was attended by provincial chief ministers, judges of the Supreme Court, ministers and other officials including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider.
Vice-president of the Population Council, John Bongaarts also addressed the audience and highlighted the levels of contraceptives used in Pakistan as compared to other countries in the region such as Bangladesh and India.
Furthermore, he presented the benefits of family planning programmes, adding that this was an extremely important event for Pakistan.
A documentary on population dynamics was presented at the event.
Co-chair of the World Health Organisation High-Level Independent Commission on Non-communicable diseases, Dr Sania Nishtar, while addressing the symposium, said "today is a landmark day" and remarked that the "stellar show of strength" of various stakeholders was "critical" to the cause.
Experts will also talk about the new demographic realities of Pakistan, family planning in the context of mother and child health, quality of population and productivity, and advocacy campaign for population planning in the country.
More details to follow