*ISLAMABAD - Maulana Tariq Jameel has given his piece of word on rising population in Pakistan.*
“Just a year after marriage if there’s no sign of a child, the [girl’s] mother-in-law starts saying that they aren’t able to conceive,” said Jamil. He was speaking at a symposium organized by the federal government in Islamabad on Wednesday. “This is a grave injustice.”
Jameel is one of Pakistan’s more popular religious scholars and preachers. He has 3m followers on YouTube and 1.3m on Facebook.
He said that this is why people in rural areas mostly have children. “The man thinks, if he doesn’t have a child, his friends will start saying that he isn’t capable.”
It is this peer pressure that is forcing couples into having children. This kind of pressure is also forcing men to consult ‘quacks’ who promise to improve their fertility. “If we just went by the wall chalkings across the country, we would be led to believe that [infertility] is the only problem in Pakistan,” he quipped. He was referring to the graffiti that quacks have put up as a marketing tactic.
The census puts Pakistan’s population at 207 million, making it the sixth most populous country in the world.