Published Date: Sep 25, 2012
ONE-THIRD OF PAKISTANIS LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE
One-third of Pakistan’s population or 58.7mn people live below the poverty line. This alarming disclosure has been made in the latest study of SDPI (Sustainable Development Policy Institute) titled ‘Clustered deprivation: District profile of poverty in Pakistan’, which was made public yesterday. “Some 21% of the households in Pakistan fall in the category of extremely poor. This proportion is very high in the rural areas; one-third of the rural households fall in the category of extremely poor as compared to only eight per cent urban households.” According to the study, a huge rural-urban disparity is observed in the incidence of poverty.