In D.I. Khan, ten people lost their lives after falling into a chemical
drain yesterday. This chemical drain carried waste from the Chashma
Sugar Mills and ends in the Indus River. Two things must be considered
when addressing this incident: safety and accountability, for human life
and the environment.
Had events not taken this deadly turn, the
Chashma Sugar Mills would still be releasing its deadly, untreated waste
into our water systems unnoticed. In turn these sugar mills are owned
by the influential political lobby that gets ministries and many
political perks. Is this why these influential conglomerates manage to
flout the environmental laws without much consequence?