Man with 54 children gets 'counted' in Balochistan census

Published: April 3, 2017


The population census team carrying out a nationwide campaign was met with a surprise as they discovered a man living with 42 of his children in the Noshki district of Balochistan.

70-year-old Haji Abdul Majeed Mengal, who is a driver by profession, had 54 children from six wives, 12 of whom have died, BBC Urdu reported.

Two of his wives have also died, leaving four of them with him.

Among Abdul Majeed’s children are 22 boys and 20 girls.

Abdul Majeed’s family. PHOTO COURTESY: BBC URDU

The district is 130 kilometres from Quetta towards east near the Afghanistan border.

Problems with census in Balochistan

Interestingly, prior to the commencement of the headcount exercise, Jan Muhammad Khilji hailing from Quetta was believed to have the highest, 36 children.

The house and population census began in March this year after a hiatus of 19 years. The exercise is being assisted by the armed forces of the country, accompanying the census staff in door-to-door visits.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • hzrr
    Apr 4, 2017 - 6:19AM

    about the only productive newsRecommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Apr 4, 2017 - 9:33AM

    Shameful record, need to make a law whereby more than 4 children to a father be a non bailable criminal offence Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Apr 4, 2017 - 10:41AM

    A strain on earth’s resources.Recommend

  • Munir
    Apr 4, 2017 - 11:48AM

    Good heavens! This guy just ate up the share of 26 couples ( @ two children per couple). Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    Apr 4, 2017 - 12:53PM

    This man’s family size reflects our people’s belief in numeric strength in a knowledge and technology based world. By this lone example, we should fear the final population count of the ongoing census to touch 250 million or more.. Recommend

  • ss
    Apr 6, 2017 - 12:17PM

    Children without any future / professional education. New Generation of just labours.
    How a country improve with such examples?Recommend

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