To date, all the plans and policies drafted to protect the environment and conserve resources have resulted in a complete debacle. This has led the common man to live in unhygienic, and often filthy surroundings. In addition to policy ineffectiveness and corruption, Pakistan has not funded environmental protection efforts adequately. Consequently, today a majority of the population does not have access to clean drinking water and is vulnerable to waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, bacterial infections, hepatitis, etc. It is estimated that over 230,000 children die every year because of these waterborne diseases. The level of air pollution in Pakistans two largest cities, Karachi and Lahore, is estimated to be 20 times higher than World health Organization standards, and continues to rise. Islamabad, the capital, is perpetually smothered by a thick cloud of smog that hides view of the Margalla hills that tower over the citys tree-lined streets. As industry has expanded, factories have emitted more and more toxic effluents into the air. Reports show that motor vehicle exhaust accounts for 90 percent of the pollutants in Pakistans air. The recent outbreak of dengue fever can also be addressed as a consequence of poor environmental conditions. It has killed many people and affected more than 6000 over the past two months in Lahore. In order to curb this horrendous calamity, we must pay heed to the warning of the visiting Sri Lankan experts of keeping ourselves, our households and the surrounding environment clean and tidy. FATEH ULLAH KHAN KUNDI, Peshawar, September 24.