Population control becomes one of the central concerns when it comes to the development of a country. However, in the list of most populous countries, Pakistan doesn’t fail to acquire the 6th position with almost 200 million population. The reason of a skyrocketing population can be accorded either to the government and its failure of implementing policies effectively or the people who are alien to the repercussions of producing more and more children.
In a recent case, both the reasons seem to be interwoven. Three Pakistani men have nearly fathered 100 children and are still striving for more. Gulzar Khan, 57-yr-old and a father of 36, believes that Islam prevents family planning. Albeit the entire notion of ‘family planning’ is somewhat distorted in this case. On the other hand, there is Mastan Khan Wazir, 70-yr-old, who has fathered 22 children from his three wives. The third one, Jan Mohammed, from the province of Balochistan, is a father of 38 children. He desires to have 100 children and is looking for a fourth wife, though no woman has yet agreed.
The sad reality begins with the ideology which these people possess. According to them, Muslims should go for more and more children. This will not only increase the ‘Muslim’ population but it will also create a sense of fear among their enemies.
Well, using procreation as a tool of strengthening a religion is nothing but a naïve act. It not only endangers the future of the children but also of a woman who takes a whole lot of pain to bring a new soul on earth. The ideology in itself underscores the social problems which still prevail in our neighbouring country, Pakistan. Lack of education, lack of family planning, lack of economic, and health education is what brings forth these kinds of issues and weaves this kind of mindset among the people, producing only harm.
Cases like these portray that how even today women are subjugated and still pressurised under the patriarchal norms. Think of the women who produced these 96 children despite the fact that a woman needs 18 months break after having a delivery. In first delivery itself, a woman loses a lot of potential physically. On the other hand, a high number of population adversely affects the economic development of a country wherein a major threat to employment opportunities arise.
Country Director for the UN Population Council said, “It definitely is a problem because it is affecting health outcomes adversely and also eating into development gains”.
It showcases the problem of the country lying at the core. Even if there are “abundant” awareness programmes in the country, there is still an urgent need to peep into the reasons leading to this parasitic issue.
However, Gulzar Khan, while oscillating between his views said, “If one had fewer children, one would have more time to make love to his wives. Now, with the grace of God, the situation has changed — war and fighting is finished — so, now, a decrease in the population would not be bad. It would also free him up for other leisure activities”.
Well, it would be a path towards prosperity and a better future if people like Mr Gulzar would instead follow the latter mindset. But as of now, the situation rings an alarm for the government of Pakistan, who needs to tighten their grip on the country’s population and secure a healthy living for its denizens.
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