Pakistan Bureau of Statistics
|Formed||July 14, 1950|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Pakistan
(Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs)
|Headquarters||Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory|
|Annual budget||See (2011 Federal Budget)|
|Minister responsible||Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Finance Minister|
|Parent agency||Central Statistical Office|
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, also known as PBS is a Government of Pakistan's major and executive and federal department charged with the national statistical services and to provide solid and comprehensive statistical research. The PBS is one of the departments of the Statistics Division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Statistics of Pakistan. The department assists and encourages informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community, by providing a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. PBS compiles statistics from many sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, Pakistan Statistics Handbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. It creates statistics on the economy, the government, trade and other fields. It also operates the census for the country.
After Partition and independence of Pakistan, Central Statistical Office (CSO) was set up by the Government of Pakistan, led by Premier Liaquat Ali Khan, in 1950 as an attached department of Economic Affairs Division. Since then statistical system was reviewed from time to time by both local and foreign consultants. In 1972, on the recommendation of IBRD Mission, Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto upgraded Central Statistical Office (CSO) to a full-fledged Statistics Division. The Bureau was re-organized in 1981 and its technical wing (the then CSO) was converted into Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) as one of its attached departments. Former Finance Minister of Pakistan dr. Mahbub ul Haq took revolutionary steps to re-organized the Bureau.
In 2003, a team of Pakistani statisticians and mathematicians met the officials of Government of Pakistan where they had urged the government to established the Separate Division to mathematically modeled the country's economy. The following years, the Statistics Division was established under the technical direction of Scientist Emeritus of PAEC, dr. Asghar Qadir. As of today, Asif Bajwa is the current secretary-general of the Statistics Division. And, Minister responsible for the Division is Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Finance Minister of Pakistan.
Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is committed to provide accurate, reliable, timely, comprehensive and user-friendly information to public, private, national and international organizations. PBS will undertake research, up-to-date its technical knowledge and adopt improved methodologies and new technologies for meeting the future demand of potential users.