History


Elections

Since its establishment nine elections of the Office Bearers of the Association and members of the Executive Council have been held in accordance with the provisions contained in the Rules and Regulations and the By-laws of the Association.

Office Bearers 2001-02 2003-04 2005-06 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12 2013-14 2015-16 2017-18
President Dr. M.S. Jillani Dr. Zeba A. Sathar (T.I.) Dr. Mehtab S. Karim Dr. Naushin Mahmood Dr. Saeed Shafqat Ms. Shahida Azfar Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (S.I) Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (S.I.) Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin (S.I.)
VicePresident Dr. Zeba A. Sathar Dr. M. Yahya Waliullah Dr. Naushin Mahmood Dr. Ali M. Mir Dr. Ali M. Mir Dr. G.M. Arif Dr. Ali M. Mir Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin (S.I.) Dr. Farid Midhet
Secretary General Dr. Abdul Hakim Dr. Naushin Mehmood Dr. Ali M. Mir Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq Mr. Mehboob Sultan Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq Dr. Wajiha Ghias Mr. Minhaj ul Haque
Joint Secretary Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq Dr. Rashida Panezai Dr. Rashida Panezai Dr. Fateh M. Burfat Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Maan Dr. Rashida Panezai Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza
Treasurer Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry Mr. Mehboob Sultan Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry Mr. Mehboob Sultan Dr. Zareef uddin Khan Mr. Abdul Wasay Mr. Abdul Wasay Mr. Mehboob Sultan
Members Executive Council

Dr. Rehana Ahmed

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed

Dr. Naushin Mehmood

Dr. Farid Midhet

Dr. Rashida Panezai

Dr. Razzaque Rukunuddin

Dr. Ali M. Mir

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed

Dr. Sadiqua N. Jafarey

Dr. Farid Midhet

Dr. Rashida Panezai

Dr. Razzaque Rukunuddin

Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq

Dr. Nabila Ali

Dr. Arshad Mahmood

Dr. Shabina Raza

Mrs.Imtiaz T. Kamal

Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry

Dr. M. Nizammuddin

Dr. Nabeela Ali

Dr. Farid Midhet

Dr. Mehtab S. Karim

Dr. Arshad Mahmood

Dr. Aliya H. Khan

Dr. Arshad Mahmood

Dr. Rashida Panezai

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed

Dr. G. M. Arif

Mr. Shahzado Sheikh

Dr. Sartaj Naeem

Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq

Dr. Ali Mohammad Mir

Dr. Muhammad Hafeez

Dr. Sabiha Hassan Syed

Prof. Dr. Naila Ehsan

Dr. Bilal Ahmed

Ms. Shahida Azfar

Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed

Mr. Syed Kamal Shah

Mr. Minhaj ul Haque

Dr. Samia Rizwan

Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza

Dr. Ali Mohammad Mir

Mrs. Seemin Ashfaq

Dr. Rashida Panezai

Mr. Minhaj ul Haque

Dr. Sabiha Hassan Syed

Mr. Minhaj ul Haque

Dr. Rashida Panezai

Dr. Tauseef Ahmed

Dr. Sabiha Hassan Syed

Mrs. Irum Kamran

Ms. Tayyaba Gul

Mrs. Azra Aziz

Executive Officer Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Mr. Akhlaq & Mr. Zaigham Muzammil Mr. Zaigham Muzammil Mr. Ahtesham Babar Mr. Nabeel Akram & Mr. Tahir Ahmed Qureshi Mr. Tahir Ahmed Qureshi Mr. Tahir Ahmed Qureshi Mr. Tahir Ahmed Qureshi

General Body Meeting

Coinciding with the annual research conference each year the general body meeting of the association is held. It provides an opportunity for members to be apprised of the activities undertaken by the association in the preceding year. Members also provide their inputs and suggestions. The annual activity report and financial report are also presented in the during the meeting.

Financial Support

Several donor agencies have generously contributed towards PAP's operational activities. UNFPA and Packard Foundation have consistently supported many of the associations initiatives including holding the annual conference. Financial support has also been received from USAID, DFID and GTZ.

Visibility and Recognition

The Annual Research Conference

PAP has been organizing its annual research conference regularly attracting a variety of professionals and academicians. The annual conferences and regional seminars have been organized in major cities of Pakistan like Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Quetta, Multan, and Islamabad to regionally introduce the association and enhance its visibility and local recognition. Sixteen out of Eighteen Annual Conferences were hosted by academic institutions with the aim of developing linkages with these institutions and to create awareness on population research within the academic community. Over the past eighteen years PAP has organized annual conferences on a wide range of themes, such as:

Year Theme Collaborating Partner
2000 Pakistan's Population Issues in 21st Century Population Council Islamabad & Department of Community Health Sciences. The Aga Khan University Karachi.
2001 Pakistan's Population Stabilization Prospects MCH Centre - Pakistan Institute Of Medical Sciences – Islamabad.
2002 Population and Sustainable Development in Pakistan Department of Sociology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
2003 Population Research and Policy Development in Pakistan Department of Rural Sociology, Agricultural University of Faisalabad.
2004 Sharing Population and Development Research across South and West Asia Department of Sociology, University of Karachi.
2005 Linkages Between Population and Millennium Development Goals: The Asian Perspective National Library, Islamabad
2006 Population at the Crossroads of Development Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Peshawar.
2007 Population and Regional Development Nexus Department of Anthropology, Quaid –i- Azam University, Islamabad.
2008 Population Dynamics and Security: Public Policy Challenges Centre for Public Policy and Governance - Forman Christian (FC) College A Chartered University, Lahore.

The Annual Research Conference organized on various themes has been one of the major achievements of PAP. Research papers were invited from all over Pakistan and advertised internationally. In response to the call for research paper, more than a thousand abstracts were received during 2000-2017 of which more thank 350 were selected and presented at Annual Conferences.

Speakers Year

Professor Gavin Jones

Convener, Graduate Program in Demography Australian National University

2000

Dr. Arif Hassan

Chairman, Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Centre Karachi

2001

Dr. Nafis Sadik

Advisor to Secretary General United Nations

2002

Dr. Anrudh Jain

Senior Director , Policy and Regional Programs, Population Council New York

2003

Dr. Peter Xenos

East West Center, University of Hawaii, USA

2004

Mr. Shahzado Shaikh,

Secretary, Ministry of Population Welfare Islamabad

2005

Dr. Ather Hussain

Deputy Director, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics, UK

2006

Professor John Casterline

Professor of Social Demography ,The Ohio State University, USA

2007

Dr. Amy Coen

CEO & President, Population Action International, Washington

2008

PAP, fulfilling its role defined in its Memorandum of Association, has also provided an opportunity to researchers from other countries to participate in the conference. Over the years more than one hundred research international papers have been presented at the PAP Conferences. The country wise breakdown of the international representable is as follows.

Country No. of Papers Country No. of Papers
Australia 3 Thailand 6
Oman 2 Iran 4
Bangladesh 12 Turkey 5
Philippines 4 Iraq 1
China 7 Turkmenistan 1
Saudi Arabia 1 Japan 1
Hawaii 1 UK 2
Singapore 3 Kuwait 3
Hong Kong 1 USA 14
Sri Lanka 2 Lebanon 1
India 19 Uzbekistan 1
Switzerland 1 Nepal 3
Indonesia 4    

The Association is now recognized both in Pakistan and internationally as a forum for promoting an environment of dialogue and exchange of scientific knowledge among professionals from population and related sectors.
The PAP annual conference is supported by a team of volunteers that comprises mainly students from the host institution who help with the conference logistics and management. The highly active team of volunteers is a source of tremendous success in carrying out PAP activities.
PAP has encouraged young professionals and students to present papers there by contributing to their professional growth and confidence building. More than 150 young professionals were provided an opportunity to exhibit their talents by participating in poster exhibitions during the past ten years.

Advocacy

PAP by organizing key lectures by eminent professional plays an important role of introducing emerging demographic and health issues to policy makers and sensitizing them towards evolving solutions and policy measures.
Participation in PAP Conferences and Regional Seminars has helped policy makers use research findings in developing and reforming policies and programs. PAP can lay claim to have sustained the interest of policy makers, developments partners and civil society in the population and reproductive health agenda in Pakistan.

Regional Seminars

One of the main objectives of the Population Association of Pakistan is to foster a dialogue on development issues at the provisional as well as district level, and to obtain a regional perspective of the problems faced at the grass root level . To pursue this objective, PAP in collaboration with local organizations , academic institutions and relevant government departments periodically organizes seminars/panel discussions in major cities of Pakistan. Fourteen such seminars on pertinent regional issues have been organized.

  • Is Pakistan's Population Growth Sustainable? - Islamabad
  • $ Stretching the Limits- Population Pressure on Peshawar City - Peshawar
  • $ Urban Boom or Urban Decay: Population Pressure on Karachi - Karachi
  • $ Rural to Urban Migration: Fallouts for Pollution and Water Shortages - Lahore
  • $ Population Policy- Challenges for Implementation - Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar
  • $ Role of Population in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) for Pakistan Peshawar,
  • Lahore, Quetta, Karachi
  • $ Women Employment: Empowerment or Compulsion: Gujrat

Occasional Lectures

PAP also organizes occasional lectures and workshops for its members. The aim of this activity is to hold lectures, and discussions whenever any renowned researchers and scholars visit Pakistan. One such lecture was organized in Islamabad in December 2001 which was addressed by Dr. Malcolm Potts, Professor, Population and Family Planning, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkley and Dr. Iqbal Alam from United Nation's Statistics Division on “Fertility Transition”.