Opposition wants action against environment officials

Says negligence on the part of department has caused pollution in Punjab


Our Correspondent November 01, 2017
Smog hangs in the air around Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Opposition benches demanded that the government take strict action against corrupt officials of the Punjab Environment Protection Department as their negligence has caused smog in the province.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf legislator Ahmad Khan Bhachar submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday.

He said the department was completely unaware of environment issues and was responsible for causing pollution to? “People are facing difficulty breathing due to the smog,” he said. “A large number of people are facing health problems while the department is playing the role of a spectator. It has also failed in taking action against those who are causing the smog.”

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Bhachar said just to show efficiency in front of senior officials, the department submitted a report after issuing challans against companies and vehicles causing smog. He said action should be taken against factories and vehicles causing the smog.

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On the same day, the treasury demanded action against the people who forcibly paraded a 16-year-old girl naked on the streets of Dera Ismail Khan.

Treasury benches strongly condemned the incident in which the girl was forced to walk naked on the streets and nobody stepped out to help her.

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Pakistan Muslim League-N legislator Hina Pervez Butt submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly and demanded that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government take exemplary action against the culprits who committed this heinous crime.

Butt said that the girl was calling for help but nobody moved to help her, which is extremely distressing and against moral values. “People remained spectators rather than protecting the girl’s honour.” She said that the House expressed its strong reservations and anger over the incident and also demanded that the K-P government take strict action against those involved in the crime.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2017.

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