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Pakistan moves to ban plastic bags

Urgent tweet prompts government action, but experts warn results may take years

ISLAMABAD -- Bans on plastic bags are spreading across Pakistan as the nation finally opens its eyes to once-charming landscapes and free-flowing drains choked by ugly and destructive plastic.

The bans received a lift with a Sept. 3 tweet from Shaniera Akram, the Australian-born wife of Pakistan's retired cricket star Wasim Akram. In what amounted to an SOS, Ms. Akram asked for urgent help in cleaning up popular Clifton Beach in Karachi, which had become littered with garbage.

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