India is responsible for smog across the border in Pakistan’s Punjab: Minister

Punjab Environment Minister Begum Zakia Shah said on Saturday that the arch-rival India is responsible for the smog across the border in Pakistan’s Punjab.

Talking to media today, she reasoned that the neighboring state burnt 35 million tons of waste which caused air pollution. She believes that the polluted air was carried to the Pakistani side by eastern winds and such climatic conditions occurred which made the smog static in Punjab.

She put the blame on traffic and industries for polluting the air. Environment Secretary Saif Anjum – who was also present at today’s press conference – told that the authorities fined 15,718 vehicles that were spreading pollution. He added that they have arrested 65 people and sealed 157 factories.

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