‘Smog bigger killer than militancy’


THE toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy. The polluted air that has lingered in Islamabad in recent days was finally dis­pelled by rain last week, bringing the surrounding Margalla Hills into view once again. In Lahore, where the situation was most critical, the level of PM2.5 – microscopic particles that lodge deep in the lungs – had dropped to 159 last Wednesday (15) from more than 1,000 during the pollution spike, according to PakistanAirQuality, a citizen-driven…

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