Pak Minister’s Population Control Measure–Out-of-Box Or Sinister?

Trust a Pakistani minister to come up with a solution to the country’s population problem, which no one, except himself, in the world would consider out-of-the-box. Abdul Qadir Patel, Pakistan’s new minister of Health and member of the Pakistan People’s Party, has said at a seminar in Islamabad, “We do not want to decrease the […]

Trust a Pakistani minister to come up with a solution to the country’s population problem, which no one, except himself, in the world would consider out-of-the-box. Abdul Qadir Patel, Pakistan’s new minister of Health and member of the Pakistan People’s Party, has said at a seminar in Islamabad, “We do not want to decrease the Muslim population. We want Muslims to be better, more educated and provide them with better health care facilities.”

During the course of this seminar, he said, “Why don’t Muslims go to a country where Muslims are in minority, and give birth to more and more children there? That would be an understandable step. In Pakistan, we are already in sufficient numbers, Masa’Allah!”

He was speaking about the country’s over-population. According to Patel, Pakistan’s population is expected to cross 285 million by the year 2030. Therefore, he suggested this “out-of-the-box” solution to the couples who wanted more kids – leave the country and give birth to more kids in nations where they are in minority.

Pakistan is facing a lot of troubles right now and population increase is a major one. According to a UN report, the country’s population is set to increase by 56%, which would amount to more than 366 million people, by 2050. In fact, the UN report, titled “World Population Prospects 2022” called Pakistan as a “leading contributor to population growth.”

An editorial, written by one of the leading dailies of Pakistan, Dawn, read, “We are fighting a losing battle, slipping inexorably towards a dystopian future where want and deprivation will be our lot. The reason? There are simply too many of us: the pace at which Pakistan’s population is growing is fast outstripping our ability to provide for the millions that call this country home. Unbelievably, there still appears to be no well-thought-out and cohesive population control programme in the offing.”

However, it seems Minister Patel misjudged the seriousness of the situation, as he remarked during the seminar, “We are a lot in numbers, Masa’Allah!”

While some news outlets in Pakistan have called the Minister’s suggestion ‘unique’, there are Twitter users, who have termed his statement as ‘childish’.

 

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