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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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Construction banned in Rawal Lake catchment areas

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 28, 2013. The Rawal Lake monitoring committee has decided to formally forbid any future construction in Rawal Lake’s catchment areas and watershed region without prior environmental approval, Asif Shuja, the committee’s chairperson, told The Express Tribune. Shuja, who is also […]

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Mountain anti-pollution fee not effective in controlling pollution

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 3, 2013. Islamabad – Waste disposal is not just a problem in city streets across Pakistan. Even the country’s glaciers and mountain peaks are not safe from it. Despite a waste management fee paid by mountaineering expeditions, tons of trash […]

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Environment watchdog struggling to enforce plastic bag ban in capital

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 9, 2013. Islamabad – Almost two and a half months after a ban on non degradable plastic bags was officially made effective in the federal capital, the spirit to adopt environment friendly alternatives to the plastic bags remains buoyant but […]

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Environment tribunal issues warrant against company owner

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 12, 2013. Islamabad – The Punjab Environmental Tribunal on Thursday issued bailable arrest warrants to the owner of one Rawalpindi company and deferred judgment on another company that has adopted precautionary measures since environmental action against it. The three-member tribunal, […]

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Very slow, unsteady progress on capital’s plastic bag ban

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 1, 2013. Islamabad – Since February, the Pakistan-Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has been busy negotiating with the federal capital’s business community and plastic bag manufacturers to shift to an eco-friendly alternative for plastic bags. The agency’s efforts began when the law […]

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Ban on regular plastic bags in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on April 1, 2013. Islamabad – This is not an April Fools joke. From April 1, 2013, the sale, purchase and use of polythene plastic bags will be completely banned in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The Ministry of Law and Justice has […]

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