Many Pakistani believe that Terrorism is the problem in the country which have taken 60,000 lives in past 16 years but do you know that pollution is even a greater problem which takes 125,000 lives each year in Pakistan.
The statistics are provided by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation which is an international research institute under Gates Foundation. This should be a matter of concern for Pakistan government to take concrete steps to reduce pollution.
“Long-term exposure to #polluted air has been linked to respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, heart attack and lung cancer. It is justifiably called ‘passive outdoor #smoking’.”
— PakistanAirQuality (@PakAirQuality) November 15, 2017
Each year during winter Lahore is under smog with extreme level of PM2.5 , during its peak it was 1,000 while the safe limit bench marked by World Health Organization (WHO) was only 25.
Smog is just one of the things that indicate air pollution in Pakistan, but there are other factors too. There is no facility of safe drinking water in Pakistan, the plastic waste can be seen burning on corner streets, no smoking rules are implemented which result in high number of deaths.