In this piece, Muhammad Azam Khan speaks from his experience as an enumerator for the first-ever digital population and housing census in Pakistan. He observes that the use of geo-tagging and real-time data collection intends to address past issues of exclusion and inaccurate counts. However, to him, challenges have arisen, particularly in Karachi, such as technical malfunctions, lack of security, delayed allowances, and low public awareness. These hurdles need to be addressed for a successful and accurate census process.
Muhammad Azam Khan draws attention to the climatic catastrophe in Pakistan and India. While the two states are divided by borders, they’re united by the similar impact of the changing climate on their territories and populations. The rise in global temperatures has led the two neighbors to experience severe droughts, floods, heatwaves, and water shortages.
Muhammad Azam Khan correlates the rise of America and its ammunition export to other countries. He explains the evolution of America’s arms sales and draws connections on how America bolstered its economy after recessions through increasing ordnance factories.