Pakistan’s first digital census to be held in 2023

Pakistan’s first digital census to be held in 2023

Pakistan will begin preparations for the first digital census in 2023, taking another step toward digitization.

The federal cabinet has agreed to conduct a pilot census in order to evaluate all components of the digital census, which will be supported by a geographic information system (GIS). The integration of digital technology and geographic information systems (GIS) will modernise the whole census process, making it more transparent, efficient, and accurate. Prime Minister Imran Khan has formed a special committee to conduct a thorough examination of the seventh population census.


Pakistan’s population is 207.68 million, according to the 2017 census, which was performed after a 19-year hiatus. Pakistan conducted 6 population censuses: in 1951, 1961, 1972, 1981, 1998, and 2017.

Fawad Chaudhry, the Information Minister, also announced the breakthrough, stating that the country will conduct the census using advanced technology for the first time. He stated this during a post-cabinet media session, adding that the full procedure will take 550 days, or one and a half years.

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