by Ghulam Umar Sarhandi

Issue: 38

Journal section: Theme Articles
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Received: 2010-10-04


Pakistan, Iying between latitudes 24N and 37N, longitudes 61E and 75E, and having an area of 880000 square kilometres, is one of the most densely populated countries of the world with population of around 130 million. More than 68 per cent of the population live in rural areas. There is diversity in social habits, usually dictated by geographical situation, including cooking, religious beliefs, regional or ethnic practices.

At present, it is estimated that 40 per cent of the total energy used in Pakistan comes from biomass. The per capita energy consumed is very low compared with other countries of South East Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.).

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