Lahore, Pakistan – The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province and Canada are set to collaborate on reducing smog in Punjab’s major cities, according to an announcement made on Monday, January 22nd.
In a meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi and Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Leslie Scanlon, the two leaders discussed joint efforts to combat air pollution through environmental protection measures.
Scanlon praised Punjab’s experimental artificial rain project in Lahore as a step in the right direction. The Canadian representative also proposed exchanging delegations to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
For his part, Chief Minister Naqvi spoke of the long-standing positive relations between Pakistan and Canada. He announced that under a new agreement to be formally signed later this month, young Punjabis will for the first time be able to access job opportunities in Canada.
Naqvi expressed hope that the deal will enable Punjab’s youth to earn livelihoods through lawful means. Both leaders looked forward to the Chief Minister’s upcoming visit to Canada as an opportunity to deepen connections between the two countries.