Asif Ali Zardari is not a political personality: Mushahidullah

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister of Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Tuesday said the Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari was not a political personality as he had never associated with any student movement or any political movement.

Talking to media in Islamabad, the minister said the statement of Asif Ali Zardari terming Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri as replacement of Nawabzada Nasrullah was simply lamentable.

In reply to a question, he blamed neighbouring India for increasing Smog in the Country, saying he had already written a letter to foreign office to take up the issue with India at foreign office level.

Mushahidullah Khan, on the occasion, stressed concerted efforts to protect the country from increasingly devastating fall outs of human-caused climate change. He urged media to join hands to boost resilience against adverse climate change impacts.

“We must join hands today to mitigate the climate risk to the world by bringing together businesses, governments and public bodies to accelerate sustainable development, advance the green economy and promote use of natural resources with sanity,” he said.

The minister said the common global menace of climate change, which had put the sustainability of the planet earth at risk, could not be tackled, adding everyone should have played its dues role in enhancing awareness about the hazards of environment change.

Mushahidullah said the current government had already devised forestry policy while wildlife policy would soon be made public.

The federal minister said the government intended to constitute four-member Climate Change Authority (CCA) headed by an expert. He said over 100 subject specialists would also be included in the CCA.

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Mushahidullah khan said he had suggested the government to allow import of wood to avoid cutting of trees. He had issued directives to plant 100 trees in place of cutting a tree, he added.

Responding to a question, he said the claims of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of planting 1.8 billion saplings was appreciable.

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