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Arif Hasan, an architect and Mansoor Raza, an engineer, have jointly authored the book, Migration and Small Towns in Pakistan. Making for an interesting read, the book talks about the changing demographics of major cities in Pakistan and small towns as a result of emigration and migration.
Apart from the major cosmopolitan centres of Pakistan, three small towns, primarily Mithi in Tharparkar, Chiniot in Punjab and Uch Sharif in Bahawalpur were chosen by the authors for comprehensive research. Each town was highlighted for a specific reason. In order to arrive at a balanced conclusion, the researchers chose to explore three areas lying in complete contrast to each other. Mithi is located in a desert whereas Uch remains to be a town bypassed by changes while Chiniot is the fastest growing town among all the three.
The research makes this book no less than a fact file of a demographically changing Pakistan and helps readers gauge how an ordinary Pakistani perceives his future, the decisions he makes for his family and the numerous reasons behind emigration and migration.
The book introduces the political structure of the country in terms of union councils, talukas and districts. It discusses the inequality of the physical development and the poverty structure of Pakistan based on the demographics of the 1998 census. In this context, the authors especially highlight the state of girls’ education in rural and urban Pakistan and the dilapidated conditions of housing for ordinary Pakistanis.
The development of the canal irrigation system in Pakistani Punjab by the British is deemed as the initial cause of migration to Pakistan. The partition being the second cause, instigated a change in the socio-economic structure in addition to physically im-