Asia Program

Pakistan's Runaway Urbanization

Michael Kugelman, Murtaza Haider, Nadeem Ul Haque, Nadeem Hussain, Ahsan Iqbal, Sania Nishtar, Mohammad Qadeer, and Tasneem Siddiqui

Pakistan is South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country. In barely 10 years, nearly 50 percent of its 180 million people will live in cities (a third do today). This new publication discusses the drivers of Pakistan’s urbanization, and examines the country’s major urban challenges. It also offers a series of policy recommendations and ways forward to help tackle a trend that won’t be going away anytime soon. Hard copies can be requested by sending an email to


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