At a public gathering in Lahore, Christian politician Albert David encouraged Pakistani Christians to participate in the upcoming census due in March.
Highlighting the importance of correct estimation of the number of Christians living in Pakistan, Chairman of Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) said, “The number of Christians is directly related to the rights we fight for,” he said. “These rights could be social, religious, political or economic rights.”
He requested Christians personally and on behalf of the community and nation to fully participate in the census, “Make sure that each and every person of your family is registered,” he implied.
Christian names, different from the regular Pakistani names are not easily understood by the majority of Pakistanis. Hence, many a times, Christian names are incorrectly recorded in official records. David stressed that each and every Christian make sure that their names are correctly spelled and recorded.
He also stressed that Christians ensure that in the census forms, their religion is properly mentioned in the religion section.
Appreciating the detailed registration of Hindus in Pakistan, he pointed out that Christians who used to be counted as the second largest community in Pakistan, due to failure of proper registration, have now fallen to third or fourth number.
The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated at 2.5 million in 2005, or 1.6% of the population.
According to the 1998 statistics, the largest number of Christians reside in Fedral Capital Islamabad (4.07%) followed by Punjab (2.31%), Sindh (0.97%), Balochistan (0.4%) and KPK (0.21%).
These might be the official statistics, but Christian leaders claim that according to the church statistics, Christians form about 13% of the population.