Ban on Mer­cury de­manded

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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