Senator Mushahid urges restoration of ministry of climate change

February 24, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Convener of the Senate Human Rights sub-Committee on environment urged for restoration of Ministry of Climate Change during the Public Hearing on environment at the Parliament house.

This is the first time in Parliament’s history that Public Hearing has been convened on the Environment. “Environment and climate change issue is the one of the most important issues, facing Pakistan and other countries, which will impact the very survivability of our populations,” the senator pointed out.

To create further awareness about environmental challenges of Pakistan, Senator Mushahid Hussain decided to conduct a media workshop for journalist to inform them about emerging environmental issues on 10th March, 2014 at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services and commissioned the Climate Change Division and the Inspector General of Forests to prepare a brochure, specifically for journalists, in both English and Urdu for the occasion.

The Senator decried that 5 stone crushers are still illegally operating in the Margalla Hills and remarked, “The Supreme Court order of 25th October 2013 must be implemented in totality and thus all stone crushers are operating in contempt of court and in violation of the law.”

A strong notice of this was taken by ordering a written explanation from the ICT on the action taken to shut down these stone crushers; the ICT has been required to brief the committee in its next session as the CDA informed the Committee it had withdrawn the NOC for these.

The CDA informed the convener that a joint operation has been launched, in collaboration with the ICT and Punjab government, which will cut off the electricity to these stone crushers as the first step while legal cases are being pursued against these illegally operators in the high courts.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said that those individuals either private citizens or public officials, who are not implementing the Supreme Court order of Oct. 25, 2013 are committing contempt of court and would be taken to task and he added that cutting trees is a crime, both against nature and against the law, and he urged the media to perform a public service by investigating and exposing such environmental crimes.