Pakistan and India Collaborate to Tackle Smog Problem


Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has assured the Punjab government of his commitment to addressing the pressing issue of smog, which is intensifying due to the burning of crop deposits, by engaging with India at the diplomatic level.

This promise came to light during a special meeting of the Punjab Cabinet, directed over by Prime Minister Kakar in the provincial capital. The discussion focused on various important matters, with the smog crisis taking centre stage.

During the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi informed the prime minister that the primary reason for the alarming spread of smog in Lahore is the burning of crop residues in Indian Punjab. This cross-border environmental concern has been a growing source of distress for residents of both sides.

Furthermore, the provincial government reported its significant financial efforts, including the repayment of an inherited debt of Rs 629 billion and the allocation of additional funds amounting to Rs 70 billion for the agricultural sector.


These investments reflect a commitment to strengthen the agricultural landscape in Punjab and relieve the smog issue at its source.

The meeting also featured updates on various infrastructure and development projects, such as the progress on the Southern part of the Lahore Ring Road (SL-3), the Gujranwala-Lahore-Sialkot Motorway, and the newly constructed bridge at Shahdara in Lahore.

These projects are essential for improving transportation and connectivity within the region.

Prime Minister Kakar expressed his appreciation for the hardworking efforts of the Punjab government in successfully coordinating the operations of law enforcement agencies in the KACHA area, which is a significant step towards maintaining law and order in the province.

Moreover, the cabinet meeting was informed about the initiatives in rural development and the promotion of cultural tourism, highlighting the government’s complex approach to regional progress.


Lastly, the Prime Minister received a comprehensive briefing on the policy aimed at expediting the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to double the number of nurses in Punjab, with the goal of providing them with valuable job opportunities abroad. This policy initiative is not only beneficial for the healthcare sector but also for the economic prospects of skilled professionals.

Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar’s commitment to addressing the smog issue with India at the diplomatic level emphasizes the government’s dedication to resolving this pressing environmental concern.

The proactive financial investments and development projects discussed during the cabinet meeting reflect a holistic approach to improving the province’s overall well-being.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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