As soon as one approaches Kanakwal village in the district, the sharp and annoying odour of sulphur gas welcomes him. Villagers blame an oil refinery plant at the outer limits of the village for the foul smell.
When the refinery was established in the villager, the people had expected that it would change their future. It did. With sulphur-mixed gas coming out of the factory, diseases related to respiration, skin, and bones are grappling the villagers, especially newborn and old people.
"Sometimes level of the gas reaches so high that people die under its influence. The gas has affected women, children, and animals the most," the vil......