Population, Fertility and Family Planning in Pakistan: A Program in Stagnation

Karen Hardee and Elizabeth Leahy

Since 2001, the geopolitical significance of Pakistan has become increasingly clear to the world, as has the country’s instability. Throughout this decade, Pakistan has suffered from growing strife, including, in the last year, the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the bombing and destruction of the country’s most prominent American-owned hotel. The recent change in government from military to fragile civilian rule, accompanied by growing strength among extremists in tribal areas, has only compounded the precarious nature of the country’s security.