The Council of Common Interest decided that a census in the country will begin in March 15, 2017.

The census will be conducted in the entire country in two phases, it was decided on Friday as the CCI met for a meeting presided by the Prime Minister.

Prior to the session, all four provincial chief minister met the Prime Minister.

It was decided that all four provinces will collaborate for the census and a committee will be formed to monitor its timely start. The committee will comprise of federal secretary of statistic department and provincial chief secretaries.

The council decided that a national security fund may be established to deal with terrorism. It was decided that a proposal will be sent to the National Finance Commission.

Earlier during the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolence to families of the Army Public School martyrs.

“Today reminds us of the horrific APS incident,” he said, adding that the entire nation stands with the bereaved families in their times of sorrow.

He said that top leadership of the country decided to take action against terrorism and extremism in the country. “We have no mercy in our hearts for these ruthless murderers who killed our innocent children,” he said.

He said that the country has made immense sacrifices and the world is witness to how Pakistan has managed to tackle terrorism.