100 Pakistanis

Posted on August 18, 2009
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Shehryar Hydri

If Pakistan were a 100 people…

Each person would symbolize 1.73 million people.
That’s almost twice the population of Islamabad!

49 would be women and girls
51 would be men and boys

38 would be children under 15
58 would be adults between 15-60 years and
4 would be 60 and older

The median age would be just 21 years!
Average life expectancy would be 64 years.

36 would be living in cities
59 would live in villages
4 would be settled outside Pakistan
1 would be a refugee from Afghanistan

54 would be in the Punjab
22 would be in Sindh
15 would be in NWFP & FATA
5 would be in Balochistan
2 would be in Azad Kashmir
1 would be in the Northern Areas

As their first language,
44 would speak Punjabi
15 would speak Pashto
14 would speak Sindhi
10 would speak Saraiki
8 would speak Urdu
4 would speak Balochi

10 would speak English as a second language

96 would be Muslims
4 would be Christians, Hindus and from other religions

Overall, only half the population would be literate
35 girls and women would be able to read and write; 65 would not
55 boys and men would be able to read and write; 45 would not

76 would be living under $2 a day i.e. Rs. 160 per day.
Out of these, 31 will survive on $1 a day i.e. Rs. 80 per day.

3 would be addicted to drugs like Heroine, Hashish (Chars), Poppy buds (Bhung).

90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not
58 people would have proper sanitation; 42 would not

30 would have access to vehicles like bikes, cars, buses etc

75 would have access to electricity;25 would be living in darkness
Only 20 would have gas in their homes

50 would own a mobile phone
3 would have access to a land line
50 would have access to a TV set
96 would have access to a radio set

Only 12 would have internet access

After one year, 2 people will be added to the population.
That’s 4 new cities the size of Islamabad!

100Pakistanis is an initiative (and blog) started with the aim of sifting through existing information on Pakistan and presenting it in a concise and revealing way, ranging from simple lists and slide-shows to animated infographics. We hope that these “capsules” will refresh our perception of Pakistan and highlight key issues based on hard facts and data. Visit the 100Pakistanis blog.

30 Comments on “100 Pakistanis”

  1. Abeer Habibullah says:
    August 19th, 2009 12:38 am

    ” 35 girls and women would be able to read and write; 65 would not. ”

    If you sticking with the 100 people concept, then it doesn’t make much sense to shift to percentages half way through.

    It should actually be:
    “Out of the 49 women, 17 would be able to read and write, 32 would not.”

  2. Watan Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2009 2:53 am

    “access”, how is this defined?

  3. Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2009 4:23 am

    I agree with Abeer. I think a correction is needed for both men and women literacy rate.

    Also, the following stats don’t make sense. It may be right but just sounds wrong. Sorry, I dont have facts to prove it so you guys be the judge.

    90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not – I am not certain what percent have access to safe water but 90 sounds a little too high

    Overall, only half the population would be literate
    35 girls and women would be able to read and write; 65 would not – Again stats sounds high. I thought Pakistan literacy rate was somewhere in 10%.

    75 would have access to electricity;25 would be living in darkness – Define “access”

    3 would have access to a land line – I am pretty sure that more people have land lines.

  4. Adam Insaan says:
    August 19th, 2009 6:30 am

    Regarding “acces”, I do think that I read somewhere that
    `access is defined as something people with acres have….

  5. Usman says:
    August 19th, 2009 7:46 am

    The author is requested to at least quote the sources of your statistics.

  6. Furkiee says:
    August 19th, 2009 8:00 am

    wow , its simply awesome . its really concise and its really wonderful , now i know whatsup in our dear land :)

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    August 19th, 2009 9:02 am

    The amazing stat for me is that half of the population now owns a mobile phone where as only 3% have land lines. This is a giant leap of technology in the past 10+ years.– which is true for rest of the world too and not just Pakistan.

  8. ASAD says:
    August 19th, 2009 10:34 am

    I think a lot of teh suggestions to corret presentation, specially of how percentages are used is needed so that it is taken seriously. But the concept is very interesting, which is why I think we are suggesting improvements.

  9. August 19th, 2009 10:43 am

    A few comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “Wow there will be no Talibans in 100?”
    - “It is nice way of presenting the information. The writer very concisely and conclusively gave all the facts and figures. Well Done, Keep it Up! V wd like to read some more info like this.”
    - “I am trying to find some time out to convert this into infoviz as this is pretty depressing to read this way but def. interesting data.”

  10. RAI AZLAN says:
    August 19th, 2009 10:45 am

    worked really hard on the figures

  11. jk says:
    August 19th, 2009 11:18 am

    >3 would have access to a land line – I am pretty sure that more people have land lines.

    Maybe they meant land mines.

  12. Shehryar says:
    August 19th, 2009 11:22 am

    Thanks for all the constructive comments. The list is an evolving document and will keep on improving based on better data availability and user input. We’ll also be putting up all the references used in a few days time.

  13. jawad says:
    August 19th, 2009 12:57 pm

    This kind of list only makes sense if it is accompanied by extensive footnotes.

    Bhang is not poppy buds. It is any number of concoctions made from ganja that one can eat drink or smoke. The original article gets closer by calling it cannabis. They may have gone back and corrected it. It is good blog practice to indicate all updates that were made after publishing.

    Also, heroin is the opiate. Heroine is Barbara Sharief (female hero) etc.

    So. If there were 100 Pakistanis. 99 would use statistics without footnotes. 98 would use the words bhang, charas and horoin etc without knowing the difference. 73 would know the difference between heroin and heroine. :)

  14. Watan Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2009 1:42 pm

    ~~
    Also, heroin is the opiate. Heroine is Barbara Sharief (female hero) etc.

    So. If there were 100 Pakistanis. 99 would use statistics without footnotes. 98 would use the words bhang, charas and horoin etc without knowing the difference. 73 would know the difference between heroin and heroine. :)
    ~~

    Priceless.

    Although in fairness, 3 **would be** addicted to Barbara Sharief.

    Seriously, besides the most obvious numbers which have not changed in years, the rest of the numbers based on “access” are nearly bogus.

    I challenge the veracity of these:
    90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not
    58 people would have proper sanitation; 42 would not

    30 would have access to vehicles like bikes, cars, buses etc

    75 would have access to electricity;25 would be living in darkness
    Only 20 would have gas in their homes

    50 would own a mobile phone
    3 would have access to a land line
    50 would have access to a TV set
    96 would have access to a radio set

    Only 12 would have internet access

    The term “access” would generally mean here that they can recognize the pictures, know the name for it and can recall where they have seen it last.

    The mobile phone number is most likely the commutative sale of phones since day 1, which includes broken phones, phones not in use and multiple phones owned by a small group of people.

    These will never in their “daily use”.

    Finally,
    ~~After one year, 2 people will be added to the population.
    That

  15. Shehryar says:
    August 19th, 2009 3:37 pm

    Jawad, Am embarrassed at my proof reading on heroin vs heroine. Footnotes for the references will be added shortly on both blogs. Thank you for pointing out the mistakes.

    Btw, the 3 addicts of Babra Sharif (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0788774/) don’t want her confused with Barbara Sharief (http://www.voteforbarbarasharief.com)

    ;o)

    Watan Aziz, We used Islamabad simply as a symbolic million strong capital city that everyone reading this blog can most probably relate to.
    One of the reasons for starting these short pieces was to ignite a bigger debate on the lack of reliable data on our country.
    I guess for now, the data is as ‘spurious’ as its sources like GoP reports, UN databases and CIA Factbook etc, over which I claim no responsibility.

    Apologies for falling behind on posting all my refs/footnotes.

  16. Gardezi says:
    August 19th, 2009 4:21 pm

    Please DO NOT add references (except maybe in very fine print as footnotes somewhere or in separate post on your blog. You will mess up an otherwise very good effort if you do. The kerray nikalnay wallas will do what they always do – produce nothing themselves and find faults in others. Just ignore them.

    References will just mess this up. The point of these broad numbers is that they are broad they give a snapshot, a 30,000 feet view. Footnotes will only imply they are somehow exact. And they are not. Plus this is for the general casual reader and the purpose is to grasp attention, it is NOT an academic paper (if it was, then even with footnotes it would fail). Its an attention grabber so leave it like an attention grabber. Don’t listen to the bad advice being given by some. If they want the details they can go and search for it. In fact, that should be the point. The attention grabber should grab attention enough for them to get off their bum and do some digging themselves.

    You will defeat the purpose if you get into too many details.

    Good job, by the way.

  17. Watan Aziz says:
    August 19th, 2009 7:13 pm

    Limitations

    A review of water and sanitation coverage data from the 1980s and 1990s shows that the definition of safe, or improved, water supply and sanitation facilities differs from one country to another and for a given country over time. Indeed, some of the data from individual countries often showed rapid and implausible changes in the level of coverage from one assessment to the next. This indicates that some of the data are also unreliable, irrespective of the definition used. Countries used their own definitions of

  18. Jawad says:
    August 20th, 2009 1:01 am

    Shehryar, I was not trying to shame you. And thank you for being a good sport. Its funny that there is a Barbara Sharief running for office, and that “our” Babra is in IMDB as “Babra”. I always thought I was mispronouncing her name.

    Gardezi is right too. Your numbers are interesting even if there is no context. I hope you stick with the effort and the blog.

  19. Nabeel says:
    August 20th, 2009 3:23 am

    Wow, that’s great. I think mobile phone users would be greater than 50.

  20. Raheel says:
    August 20th, 2009 3:50 am

    Nice Summary!

  21. Shehryar says:
    August 21st, 2009 7:21 am

    Thanks for all the positive comments. We’re also inviting suggestions/wish lists from people on what sort of info they’d like to see on the blog in future. We’re shortlisting topics that cover our basics such HDI, Balance of Payments, Budgets, Socio-Economic indicators etc and also trying to take each section of the 100 list and expand on that e.g. a separate detailed capsule on Health, Education, IT and so on.

  22. Watan Aziz says:
    August 21st, 2009 8:52 am

    0.5 Pakistanis

    Live in Islamabad
    Rob Pakistani national treasurers
    Live in glass bubble
    Devoid of reality of Pakistan
    Have no clue to question if it is possible
    that:
    90 could have safe drinking water?
    58 could have proper sanitation?
    30 could have vehicles like bikes, cars, buses etc?
    75 could have electricity?
    20 could have gas in their homes?
    50 could own a mobile phone?
    3 could have a land line?
    50 could have a TV set?
    96 could have a radio set?
    12 could have internet?

    In my opinion, these 0.5 Pakistani:
    are spoiled brats
    are arrogant
    behave ungratefully
    are illiterate educated
    do not wonder what is

  23. Shehryar says:
    August 23rd, 2009 1:13 pm

    Thanks again to everyone who helped update the list with more accurate references. The updated figures and sources/notes have been added to the original blog.

    http://100pakistanis.blogspot.com/

  24. Watan Aziz says:
    August 25th, 2009 10:22 pm

    90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not
    58 people would have proper sanitation; 42 would not

    Nothing since the slapping of the Chief Justice of Pakistan has touched my sense of sensibility. Even Mark Twain would reword and utter Lies, damned lies, and these are not even statistics.

    I think of the keshan, with his roza, working under the blazing sun, skin wrinkled with time and sun, toiling away in the fields to grow a crop, to earn the national exchequer; then blown away by those who have contempt for him. Where does he find his

  25. Irfan says:
    August 27th, 2009 1:28 am

    Good work guys. Very compelling and useful picture of what the country is. keep it up.

  26. Watan Aziz says:
    August 28th, 2009 3:49 am

    Access to safe water is measured by the number of people who have a reasonable means of getting an adequate amount of water that is safe for drinking, washing, and essential household activities, expressed as a percentage of the total population. It reflects the health of a country

  27. Pervaiz Amer says:
    August 29th, 2009 10:20 am

    Interesting experiment. Of course this is not a statistical compendium but a means of giving a snapshot of the country. And a good way to do that.

    Very good effort guys.

  28. Watan Aziz says:
    September 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm

    A lot of people discredit online activism and ask for ‘action’. This is a step towards action. These discussions need to be kept alive; they contribute towards building a critical mass of ‘resistance. This is not about ‘publicity’, it’s about demanding accountability, it’s about asking questions, it’s about saying NO, we will not sit back and allow to walk all over us. (Sabeen Mahmud, thank you!)

  29. Watan Aziz says:
    April 24th, 2010 6:40 pm

    75 would have access to electricity;25 would be living in darkness

    90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not
    58 people would have proper sanitation; 42 would not

    I like to extend you invitation on behalf of Mai Jori Jamali to live in her village for one week.

    How about 24 hours?

    Hmmmmm, do not think you will take it up on the offer even to “travel” there.

    You have an opportunity to revise and amend your misstatements.

    Otherwise, I hear that some international bodies are looking for some folks to work for them. Better join them and save the good, decent hard working people from having to deal with the lies you and your brethren spawn.

    A lot of people discredit online activism and ask for ‘action’. This is a step towards action. These discussions need to be kept alive; they contribute towards building a critical mass of ‘resistance. This is not about ‘publicity’, it’s about demanding accountability, it’s about asking questions, it’s about saying NO, we will not sit back and allow to walk all over us. (Sabeen Mahmud)

    Sabeen Mahmud, thank you again because it it worth repeating again and again.

  30. Watan Aziz says:
    August 17th, 2010 11:33 pm

    90 would have access to safe drinking water; 10 would not
    58 people would have proper sanitation; 42 would not

    Need I say more?

    Only Khalid Abbass Dar can reason with this fella. Listen to his performance in:

    //pakistaniat dot com /2010/07/17/khalid-abbas-dar/

    I, remain speechless.

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