Minister of State for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul in an exclusive interview with PTV news channel said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was concerned about the climate situation in the country. The government’s policies were “historic” and would “fast-track measures with its effective implementation” to make Pakistan green, where all provinces were working collectively first time in the country’s history.
The minister of state for climate change said climate change is the centre of attraction for Prime Minister Imran Khan who openly discussed this issue in the United Nations session. Pakistan had been playing a critical role in climate negotiations and had been recognised at various forums.
She said it was a good omen that for the first time the government, academia, researchers and environmentalists had gathered to discuss climate challenges.
She said it was PTI government’s big achievements that all the four provinces were now working with the same spirit on the issue of climate changes. She said the federal government would assist all provinces equally to fulfill the ambitious target of planting 10 billion trees across the country.
Zartaj said it was Prime Minister’s vision to make Pakistan pollution-free and exemplary initiatives have been taken in this regard.
She highlighted that the present government banned brick kilns in six zones and steel factories of Wagah to tackle smog threat. Brick kilns would be shifted to zigzag technology and the government would provide proper training and loans to the owners of the kilns.
She said that plantation of 10 billion trees under PM’s vision would help make the country green and also fight the adverse impact of climate change. PTI government had also introduced multiple awareness campaigns and taking all possible steps to combat the drastic effects of climate change on the region.
Talking about her Constituency NA-172 , Dera Ghazi Khan, the minister said that she was going to establish four girls-friendly schools with improved facilities including clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.
She also praised the government’s efforts to improve Pakistan’s economy, saying that the government’s economic policies were starting to bear fruit, adding that cooperation from the provinces and the public would also tackle the situation of coronaviruses in the country. .
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