A parliamentary panel in Pakistan’s lower house has been told that 99% of the state of Balochistan’s population do not receive clean drinking water.
The secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Kamran Ali Qureshi, said that a study in which 12,000 samples were collected found that 99% of the drinking water in the state was unsafe for drinking.
The state of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was ranked second worst, with 93% of water samples found to be contaminated. In Punjab only 21% of water samples were safe, and in Sindh the figure was 28%. In the federal capital, 59% of samples were safe for drinking.
On questioning, the Minister said that the departments remit only covered sample testing and reporting, and that provincial governments are responsible for providing clean water.