Thursday, 21 October 2021, 11:12:42 pm
Analysts appreciate Pakistan's tangible steps to mitigate impacts of climate change
October 13, 2021

Malik Amin Aslam (Advisor to PM on Climate Change): The incumbent government has approved comprehensive Climate Change Policy 2021 and Wildlife Policy 2021. The draft climate change policy has been approved to be presented at an international conference. The wildlife policy will utilize the services of local communities to protect wildlife and generate job opportunities for local people.  The issue of climate change is a serious concern for Pakistan. The incumbent government has taken unprecedented steps to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Dr. Ejaz Ahmed (Environmental Expert): Pakistan is the direct victim of climate change. We are facing the consequences of global warming. There is a visible shift in the intensity of weather in recent years.  Pakistan is playing a very responsible and serious role as far as climate change is concerned. The incumbent government has taken great initiatives to mitigate the impacts of global warming. Pakistan's efforts have been acknowledged by the entire world. The tree plantation campaign would minimize the impacts of carbon on the atmosphere. The incumbent government is taking corrective measures to recharge water. New protected areas have been announced to protect the wildlife.  There will be long term benefits of these initiatives.

Ali Muhammad Khan (Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs): Pakistan has always emphasized the need to resolve Afghan dispute through dialogue. The world is repeating the same mistake again as far as the Afghan issue is concerned. The global powers must deal with the issue sensibly. Peace cannot be achieved through war or use of force. The Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon the world community to come forward and assist Taliban to rebuild Afghanistan. The global powers have a responsibility to take concrete steps for Afghan peace. Pakistan has always offered its sincere facilitation to resolve the Afghan dispute. The world must realize that Pakistan has already rendered matchless sacrifices for global peace. We also opened our hearts and borders for Afghan refugees. We want the world to realize that only an Afghan-led and Afghan owned peace process is the ultimate solution to the Afghan conflict. Afghanistan belongs to people of Afghanistan. China and Pakistan have categorically stated that they want good ties with the Taliban government.

Brig. (Retd.) Mehmood Shah (Defense Analyst): The global powers must take appropriate steps to rebuild Afghanistan. Pakistan has categorically warned the world powers that abandoning Afghanistan at this point of time would result in catastrophic consequences. The United States wants to restrict China's influence on the global markets by engaging it in Afghanistan. Peace in the region cannot be achieved without peace in Afghanistan. It is responsibility of the global powers to facilitate the Taliban in rebuilding Afghanistan. It is not fair for the United States to make Pakistan a scapegoat to hide its own failures in Afghanistan.