Smog Unites? Pak Punjab CM Seeks Cooperation From Indian Punjab

To find a solution to smog, Pakistan’s Punjab CM has written a letter to Indian Punjab’s CM Capt Amarinder Singh.

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Will Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister and Indian Punjab’s Chief Minister come together to combat smog?

Can smog do what ‘Aman ki Aasha’ once aimed for? As the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab writes to Captain Amarinder Singh, the CM of India’s Punjab, there certainly seems to be a possibility of collaboration.

CM Shehbaz Sharif has written to Captain Singh to seek help and find a solution for the common fatal issue of smog. The former seeks latter’s cooperation in dealing with the smog issue by a “regional cooperation arrangement”.

Shehbaz Singh’s letter was tweeted by the @govtofpunjab on 21 November. While the letter is addressed to the CM of Punjab, the CM of Delhi has also been tagged in the tweet. Whether there is an underlying meaning of this tag is not clear as yet.

Will the CMs Go Beyond The Border to Help People?

As evident from the letter, CM Sharif is keen to join hands with Captain Amarinder not only to combat smog, but to also deal with environmental pollution.

Smog is equally terrible on both sides of the border and is only getting worse with time. The peak time of the lethal smog is usually in the month of October- November.

Main causes of smog range from vehicular and industrial emissions to rice stubble burning. The phenomenon has now assumed regional proportions and it now engulfs areas from New Delhi to Lahore and beyond. You will agree with me that the problem is essentially scientific and economic and cannot be tackled through other means.
Shehbaz Sharif

A Pakistan Twitter handle keeping a track of the air quality level has similar figures of the air quality levels as in India’s Punjab.

The Pakistan side of Punjab has faced severe smoggy conditions in the past few weeks and there were allegations that the situation aggravated in Lahore and surrounding areas due to crop burning in the Indian side of the state

As of now Captain Amarinder Singh has made no comments on the letter. But, with the letter coming our way, there seems to be a hope for finding a permanent solution to smog!

(With inputs from the Indian Express)

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