Records of as many as 70 million Pakistanis are not available with the government, the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was informed on Wednesday, according to local media reports.
According to a report published in the Dawn newspaper, chief statistician Asif Bajwa, while briefing the senate panel, said: "Out of Pakistan’s population of 196 million, data of 70 million people is missing and record is not available with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and National Database and Registration Authority."
Complete information could be gained only by performing a census, Bajwa further said, as per local media.
“Our department is fully prepared to hold census in the country, however, the army is not ready to provide the required number of personnel,” the Dawn quoted Bajwa as saying.
“We have no plan to conduct population census without assistance of Pak Army,” he added.
Bajwa further informed the committee that 166,000 workers are required to conduct the census, excluding armed forces personnel.