20 cities in Pakistan lack safe drinking water, Imran Khan govt

Islamabad: Pakistan is not even capable of providing safe drinking water to most of its citizens in its big cities. Media reports said the information came to light after the Imran Khan government presented data in this regard to the National Assembly. The quality of water in Pakistan is also very poor. There are only two cities in the country where water is up to 100 percent potable. Earlier also, there were several reports about Pakistan's bad water.

Pakistan's Imran government presented data in the assembly in response to a question asked by the opposition. Pakistan's Science and Technology Minister Shibli Faraz said in the Assembly that 20 out of 29 cities in Pakistan found more than 50 percent of the water received from various sources unsafe to drink. The minister said the water quality was tested by the Pakistan Water Resources Research Council (PCRWR). According to Dawn newspaper, PCRWR said the water quality in at least three cities, Gilgit and Mirpurkhas in Sindh and Shaheed Benazirabad, was found to be 100 percent unsafe.

The Dawn newspaper further reported that there were only sources in Sialkot and Gujarat where drinking water was found to be potable up to 100 percent. According to Parliamentary Secretary, National Health Service Dr. Naushin Hamid, Pakistan's water availability has already fallen by 400 percent since independence.

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