Pakistan is one of the most urbanized nations in South Asia with 36.4 percent of the urban population. The urban population has almost doubled from 43 million to 84 million between 1998 and 2021. With Pakistan’s urban population expected to increase by about 40 million people to an estimated 118 million by 2030, immediate action is needed to transform the country’s cities into livable, prosperous places.
About 54 percent of the urban population lives in ten major cities, having populations exceeding one million. Pakistani cities need to evidence-based planning and manage their development if they are to meet the needs and demands of their citizens. Basic information for urban areas does not exist, is outdated, or not shared. To pro-actively guide the growth of Pakistan's cities and harness urbanization as a driver of development requires resolve and action by all the provinces.