The number of problems plaguing the country is mounting by the day. The greatest threat to the country and its resources right now is its own population. The lack of attention given to the drastic increase in population has resulted in experts speculating Pakistan to be the fourth most populated country by 2030. The dilemma is that the only factor standing between the use of contraception and population control is the narrative that these contraceptive measures are against the tenets of the religion. This automatically makes the debate a no-go area and hence, work stops. However, if we look at Iran - a country equally sensitive about faith - we find that the government has very intelligently incorporated the use of contraceptives in the social set up of the country.

A country that is already facing an acute shortage of resources and the present government has to take austerity measures to give the economy a required boost - the lack of attention to population growth will not only demoralise the government but also create challenges due to lack of anticipation and understanding of the population problem. The lack of availability of basic resources at the moment has not only agitated the people but has also created a sense of insecurity in them. If the population continues to grow at the same pace, the fight for basic necessities will push for lack of integration in the people.

The lack of economic opportunities available to women put them at a disadvantage. They are not exposed to contraceptive measures and are often not the deciding forces behind the growth in population. It is important to equip lady health workers with the right information and create channels of access to birth control. A look at China’s population control method shows how effectively population can be controlled, however, the problem with that policy would be to ensure the eradication of female foeticide in the country. According to a report, over 200 baby girls are killed in Pakistan even before they are born.

At the same time, an improvement is required in the healthcare facilities. The healthcare laws of the country should be such that protect women and educate the respective families of the impending dangers of lack of contraception. Many in the population also suffer from sexually transmitted diseases and other bodily disorders which can be easily controlled by the use of contraception.