‘Find a solution,’ say Lahore residents

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On Wednesday (Nov 17), an air quality monitor named Lahore, Pakistan’s capital, as the world’s most polluted city, as citizens choked in noxious haze appealed with officials to act. According to IQAir, the Swiss technology firm that manages the AirVisual monitoring platform, Lahore received an air quality rating of 348, much over the dangerous range of 300.
“Children are suffering from lung problems… find a remedy for God’s sake,” In recent years, Pakistan’s air pollution has risen as a mix of low-grade diesel emissions, smoke from seasonal agricultural burn-off, and colder winter temperatures combine to form immobile smog clouds.
Lahore, a bustling metropolis of over 11 million people on the Indian border in Punjab state, has consistently ranked among the world’s most polluted cities.
In a desperate attempt to clean up the air, residents have built their air purifiers and filed lawsuits against government officials in recent years. Still, officials have been hesitant to act, blaming the haze on India or claiming the statistics are exaggerated.
“We are impoverished people who can’t even afford the costs of a doctor,” said shopkeeper Ikram Ahmed.
“All we can do is pleading with them to reduce pollution. Although I am not literate, I have read that Lahore has the worst air quality, followed by India’s Delhi. We shall perish if things continue in this manner.”

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