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ISLAMABAD: The rate with which the population is increasing is as critical an issue as is polio, said Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar.
At a press conference on Monday about the National Population Summit 2015 that will start on November 5, the minister said all strategies to curb population growth over the last 60 years had failed to deliver results.
However, she added, a legislation limiting the number of children per family, or linking the number to family income, could not be drafted because it was not in accordance with Islam.
A few years gap between births is very important, Ms Tarar said, and likened the population growth in the country to a ticking bomb. “Our population is increasing by 3.5 million every year. This growth rate is like a bomb that can explode at any time. All our problems are because of the increase in population, be it unemployment, health issues or education.”
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