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Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that unprovoked Indian firing is not only an “aggression against the people of Kashmir but also amounts to targeting the conscience of the world community”. The remarks came amid growing incidents of cross-border shelling that have caused civilian deaths on both sides. Both countries accuse each other of violation of a 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.

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“Pakistan is continuously keeping the international community abreast of these provocations, ceasefire violations and trampling of human rights of Kashmiris by Indian troops,” Dawn quoted Sharif said during his visit to the Pakistan-administered Kashmir. He inaugurated a newly-constructed sports stadium at Bagh district in Kashmir as part of the developmental projects for the people affected by the 2005 devastating earthquake that had killed thousands in Kashmir and parts of Pakistan’s northwest. “Indian firing across Line of Control and the Working Boundary has increased in recent days posing threats not only to innocent people but also to peace and security of the region,” he said.

He said Pakistan was drawing attention of the UN and the international community towards these violations and the threat to peace. Talking about the country’s internal situation, the prime minister said Pakistan was playing a pivotal role in the global war against terrorism. “A successful operation against terrorism is continuing and its achievements are being acknowledged by the entire world. “Sharif conveyed to the world that people of Pakistan and their armed forces are fully resolved to eliminate terrorism at all costs. “We will also not forgive those supporting terrorists in any way. Pakistan would give gift of peace to the international community by eliminating terrorism.”

(IANS)

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Toxicity in Air Affects Children’s Brain Development: UNICEF

UNICEF has warned that air pollution affects a child's brain development

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According to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, air pollution toxicity can affect children's brain development. Pixabay

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore has warned that air pollution toxicity can affect children’s brain development and called for urgent action to deal with the crisis gripping India and South Asia.

“I saw first-hand how children continue to suffer from the dire consequences of air pollution,” Fore, who recently visited India, said on Wednesday.

“The air quality was at a crisis level. You could smell the toxic fog even from behind an air filtration mask,” she added.

Air pollution affects children most severely and its effects continue all their lives because they have smaller lungs, breathe twice as fast as adults and lack immunities, Fore said.

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Air pollution damages brain tissue and undermines brain development in babies and young children. Pixabay

She added that it “damages brain tissue and undermines cognitive development in babies and young children, leading to lifelong consequences that can affect their learning outcomes and future potential. There is evidence to suggest that adolescents exposed to higher levels of air pollution are more likely to experience mental health problems”.

“Unicef is calling for urgent action to address this air quality crisis,” affecting 620 million children in South Asia.

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Schools were closed in Delhi till Tuesday because of the severe environmental situation caused by post-harvest burning of stubble in neighbouring states.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday touched 625, considered “severe plus” level. (IANS)