Stakeholders urged to jointly overcome pollution
Karachi: Sindh Environment Minister Shaikh Muhammad Afzal has urged all stakeholders to join hands to overcome the growing menace of environmental pollution as the government alone could not contain it.
Speaking to different delegations at his office, Afzal said the industrialized and developed countries spent huge amounts of money for cleaner environment, however, the issue was very low on the list of priorities of both the government and the industries in Pakistan.
The minister said the government had taken some steps merely to fulfill its international commitments while the industry, particularly those involved in the export business, were following green laws to satisfy their overseas customers.
Warning the pollution-emitting factories to follow these regulations, he said action would be taken against those shirking from their obligations. Afzal said he had asked such industries to align their operations with regards to these laws.
He said that unfortunately the public transport vehicles in Karachi were also in a bad shape. Had these vehicles been in some other country, they would have been scrapped long ago; however, they were still plying in Karachi, he lamented. He directed the officials concerned to take strict action against the same.