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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s largest and most resource-rich province is also the most impoverished. Almost half the population of Baluchistan qualifies for financial support under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
Over 60 percent of the population in the province is living below the poverty line, states a Poverty Survey carried out under the flagship of BISP, an internationally recognised social security programme.
More than 0.45 million families from total of 1.03 households in Baluchistan have been declared eligible for financial support based on the survey results, said BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja said.
Across the country, as many as 80 million people — 45.7 percent of the population — live below the poverty line, These results sharply negate the figures documented by an official survey that stated the incidence of poverty to be at 12 percent. internews