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Punjab Environment Minister Shuja Khanzada has said chemicals used for the tanning of hides are a source of environmental pollution and urged tanners to use more environmental-friendly water based chemicals.
The minister was speaking at a seminar held regarding ‘Sustainability in the Leather Industry’ organised and hosted by Stahl at a hotel in Lahore on June 15.
The minister said tanners should look to implement the policies of the Environment Department and ensure 100% implementation of laws regarding environmental protection. He said industries causing environmental pollution would not be allowed to function, as they were not sincere to their workers as well as common citizens. He also said that the leather industry as well as others would have to adopt modern principles for disposal of their waste material. Khanzada said Environment Protection Department in Pakistan is to implement a project of grading all industries and only those that are able to operate with safe disposal of industrial waste in a proper manner will be allowed to operate.
The minister said that the government is proud of the leather industry as it is playing an important role in strengthening the national economy through export earnings from leather products.
During the meeting, Provincial Adviser Muhammad Mansha Ullah Butt, Environment Secretary, Muhammad Anwar Rasheed, CSR Director Stahl, Mike Tomkin, Managing Director Stahl India, Tuncay Deriner and Managing Director Stahl Pakistan, Anwar Iqbal also spoke at the event in front of number industry representatives.