Pakistan's Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Pakistan will this week embark on the enormous task of conducting its first census in almost two decades, after years of bickering between politicians concerned about power bases and federal funding.Fast-growing Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with an estimated 200 million people, but has not held a census since 1998, despite a constitutional requirement for one every decade.The census is a highly charged issue, coming one year before national parliamentary elections.The PBS will deploy some 119,000 people, including 84,000 enumerators: teachers and local officials who will go door-to-door to count homes and then individuals.Pakistan's powerful army meanwhile announced it would dispatch up to 200,000 troops for the exercise, including 44,000 participating directly in the census-taking and making a parallel count.
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