Ban on Mercury demanded
ISLAMABAD—Mercury is a silent killer and its use in Pakistan must be banned. This was suggested by speakers at National Inception Workshop for the Project on the Development of Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) in Pakistan, held in here by Ministry of Climate Change.
Addressing the workshop, Chief Guest Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, Federal Secretary of Ministry of Climate Change said, “Pakistan being a part of the global community aspires to save humanity, from the harmful effects of the chemicals on health and environment.”
He said that devising sound procedures and management techniques to handle hazardous effects of mercury and other chemicals was taken as a challenge by government for relieving the burden on public health.
He further added that Government of Pakistan is fully committed to contribute towards the global efforts for the conservation of environment to ensure sustained life on the Earth for present and future generations.
Joint Secretary of Ministry of Climate Change Iftikhar-ulHassan Shah Gilani informed the participants about efforts made by government to reduce and eliminate the use of mercury products and processes.
He said, “The Government of Pakistan is fully committed to replace mercury based technologies and products in-line with decisions being taken by opting for friendly technologies and products in Pakistan.