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Water treatment project starved of funds

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 6, 2014, Islamabad – Those who drink the water must also pay for its quality. It is this simple logic which is likely to cause another delay in an already delayed project to further improve the quality of drinking water […]

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Metro Bus Project: Cost, environment impact assessment and dedicated route criticised at public hearing

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 4, 2014. Islamabad – Saturday’s public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the Metro Bus project’s Islamabad section might have been a case of “too little, too late” to protect against any potential environmental and economic harm […]

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What’s eating the Margalla Hills?

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 17, 2o14. Islamabad – For years, it has been obvious to residents, environmental activists and even government officials that sections of the Margalla Hills have been bruised and battered beyond recognition by limestone quarrying and urban development. But perhaps for […]

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Comment: Handling the trash

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. There might be no hope that things will ever change. But there is a possibility. There is definitely a possibility. The likelihood, however far removed from reality, that one day we will be able to clean our filth […]

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The real destroyers of Margalla Hills remain invincible

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and Capital Development Authority (CDA), with support from the Punjab government, have once again promised to rid the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) of stone crushing units “very soon.” But there is […]

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Senator seeks SC intervention to stop metro bus project

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. Islamabad – Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has written to the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of a proposal that might destroy green belts on two Islamabad avenues to make way for the planned metro bus service. […]

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Possible solutions for the trash problem in the Twin Cities

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 3, 2014. Islamabad – Recycling and waste-to-energy projects are two possible solutions for the gargantuan solid waste management crisis in the twin cities, according to environmentalists and experts. Rawalpindi and Islamabad are trying to contain problems related to solid waste […]

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Trash in the Twin Cities

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 11, 2014. Islamabad/Rawalpindi – Hung between two electricity poles, it was a regular, innocuous-looking banner made of white fabric, outside the south boundary wall of the Fatima Jinnah Women University at Katchery Chowk in Rawalpindi. On it were printed several […]

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Flood management: Pak can look to Chinese model for help

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 21, 2013. Islamabad – China sought help from continental Europe to manage its floods problem. Pakistan does not have to look farther than the People’s Republic. In 1998, China’s 6,300-kilometre-long Yangtze River suffered what could be termed the Chinese equivalent […]

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World Ozone Layer Day 2013

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 16, 2013. Islamabad – Efforts are underway in Pakistan to reduce the production and consumption of substances that deplete the Earth’s ozone layer by 10 per cent over the next couple of years, according to officials at the Climate Change […]

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