En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SANA ISHAQUE

We should def­i­nitely like to see Pak­istan without any en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, but cur­rently there are a lot of chal­lenges, as in­fact we are grow­ing at the rate of more than 8 per­cent in GDP and creating lots of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, this is also grow­ing stress and im­pli­ca­tions on en­vi­ron­ment, the con­stant growth in pop­u­la­tion is another mas­sive chal­lenge. As we grow eco­nom­i­cally, we have to de­cide at this point in time that we en­sure bet­ter qual­ity of life. At the end of the day, when we have more money but our qual­ity of life suf­fers and we can’t breathe and drink pure wa­ter then it is not worth it.

Now the Gov­ern­ment must gu­ran­tee that as we grow, we also en­sure that the qual­ity of life our cit­i­zens is made bet­ter and we, as a coun­try, might be called an en­vi­ron­ment friendly coun­try. The Gov­ern­ment should an­nounce the ‘Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Pol­icy’ with con­sid­er­ably in­crease in the bud­get for en­vi­ron­ment. — Via email

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