Thursday Nov 07, 2019
Lahore reported off-the-charts level of air pollution on Wednesday night, as a thick, murky smog cloaked the city of 11 million.
Parts of the city recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 600-800, double the safety limits. In fact, Wednesday night was Lahore’s worst and most hazardous smog recording so far, this year.
Yet, till the filing of this report, Malik Amin Aslam Khan, the advisor to the prime minister on climate change, who enjoy the status of a federal minister, and Zartaj Gul, the minister of state, have yet to make a statement about the worsening air quality.
Meanwhile, the residents of the city began noticing the acrid smell of smoke that hung in the air. Others reported burning eyes and an itchy throat.
Then there were social media users who wrote directly to the provincial minister of health to complain about the worsening air quality and its health hazards on young children and the elderly.