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A burning issue

Pakistan is one of the most polluted countries in the world. According to global monitoring reports as of November 2021, two major cities — Lahore and Peshawar — have been declared among the 10 most polluted cities. Another seven cities of Pakistan are also listed, from time to time, among the 25 most polluted cities, globally classified as “hazardous� or “very unhealthy�. These are Karachi, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Rawalpindi, Muridke, and Islamabad, in the same order, which are not meeting the air quality standards of World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2020 ranks Pakistan 142 among 180 countries in terms of human health from environmental damage and air quality.