Smog in Punjab is a public health emergency with Lahore’s air pollution exceeding safe limits by 9x. Filling the gap in air quality data and air pollution awareness, the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative releases the first-ever data set for Pakistan that spans one entire year.

Data: Pakistan Air Quality Initiative for 01 January to 31 December 2017


Originally posted at the MIT Technology Review Pakistan by Nushmiya Sukhera on 21 February 2017, this article is a snapshot into the future of Pakistan without urgent air quality management programs.


Originally posted at The Third Pole by Mohammad Zubair Khan on 12 January 2017, this article highlights the social costs of the stone-crushing industry for the mountain communities of Pakistan.

Often overlooked, the massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone is mined.


PAQI has found that Karachi’s air quality is 3–5x above safe levels


Originally posted at the Pakistan Observer by Dr M Saifur Rehman on 27 December 2016, this article is a good overview on understanding and addressing air pollution in Pakistan. The first step is to set up a consolidated air quality monitoring plan.


Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI پاکی) provides community-driven air quality data to increase social awareness.

Abid Omar

Pakistan Air Quality Initiative

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