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Population explosion

I’m afraid we can do nothing to arrest the exploding population of Pakistan. I frequently tell the religious people I know about how Israel, with only 15 million population, is able to dominate the world, while a billion and a half Muslims lag far behind in almost every field. But most of my friends think that birth control is a sin. Some even say that Pakistan should have at least three times more population than it presently has, as China and India are quite comfortable with their billion-plus populations. And there are others who believe that people who practise birth control are not Muslims.

The situation is hopeless and if the population continues to increase at the present rate, it won’t be long before Pakistanis run out of food and become cannibals. I hope I’m not around when that happens.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Published in The News, April 9, 2012

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