New Delhi, Nov 21: Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has appealed his Indian counterpart Amarinder Singh to fight the issue of smog, which has affected the people from Delhi to Lahore, together. In his letter addressed to Indian Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Sharif said there is a need of “regional cooperation” in the fighting the menace of smog.
The letter dated November 19 was tweeted from the official Twitter handle of Pakistan’s Punjab government. The tweet also tagged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
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“(The) 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 said in his letter.
“I would like to invite you for entering into a regional cooperation arrangement to tackle the issue of smog as well as environmental pollution. Let us join hands for securing a prosperous future for the people of our two provinces,” Shehbaz, brother of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, added.
The Pakistan Punjab government had earlier responded to a tweet put out by Arvind Kejriwal and tagged Amarinder Singh while listing measures that it has taken to tackle smog.
The national capital Delhi and other parts of northern India was engulfed in smog for several days earlier this month forcing government agencies to tak emergency measures. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) slammed the Kejriwal government of doing little to control pollution.
Kejriwal had then appealed his Haryana and Punjab counterparts for a meeting to discuss ways to address the issue. While Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar met Kejriwal in Chandigarh, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh refused to meet the Delhi CM.
“Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation. There is 20 million tonnes of paddy straw. Where do I ask farmers to store? Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” Amarinder Singh had said.