The donkey population in the country sharply rose during the five-year tenure of the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government, revealed the Pakistan Economic Survey 2012-13.
The donkey population welcomed 300,000 new members during the past five years, while the population of horses, camels and mules remained stagnant, according to the survey. Interestingly, the survey noted, it took General (retd) Pervez Musharraf almost a decade to add 600,000 donkeys during his eight-year military rule, while Nawaz Sharif only took two-years to add the same number to the donkey population.
The number of donkeys’ stood at 3.2 million between 1997 and 1998 and 3.8 million in 1999 and 2000, while the number of horses in the previous two governments remained stagnant at 0.3 million.
The survey said during the last five years, the number of buffaloes increased to 33.7 million, goats to 64.9 million and sheep to 28.8 million from 29.9 million, 58.3 million and 27.4 million respectively in 2008-09. The donkey population rose from 4.5 million between 2008 and 09 to 4.8 million between 2012 and 2013. The number of horses, camels and mules remained stagnant at 0.4 million, one million, and 0.2 million, respectively.