PM underscores commitment to enhance Pak-Iran bilateral relations

PM approves National Climate Change Policy 2021

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Islamabad:: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired 3rd meeting of the PM’s Committee on Climate Change.

The Prime Minister said that “it was our government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which undertook the initiative of billion Tree Tsunami and now the whole world is following our footsteps.” He said that international community is acknowledging Pakistan’s realistic and tangible steps to mitigate impacts of climate change.

The Prime Minister directed Ministry of Climate Change to review targets and formulate new goals aiming at fast-tracking the steps required to preserve natural environment. He emphasized that preservation of Pakistan’s National Parks is paramount and we should induct trained manpower and utilize modern technology.

The Prime Minister accorded in-principle approval for the “National Climate Change Policy, 2021” and “National Wildlife Policy, 2021” and directed that a special zone in the Margalla Hills be declared as a leopard preservation zone. He also approved establishment of Wildlife Information Center at Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo.

The Prime Minister also directed establishment of a think-tank to coordinate efforts between various ministries and to devise out-of-the-box solutions for climate change mitigation. He appreciated the efforts of SAPM Malik Amin Aslam for environmental protection and highlighting Pakistan’s efforts in this field.

Earlier, SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam briefed the meeting in detail about Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Climate Change Policy, National Wildlife Policy and Green Climate Diplomacy.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Syed Fakhar Imam, Muhammad Hamad Azhar, Ch. Moonis Elahi, National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Minister of State Ms. Zartaj Gul, SAPM Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and Chief Minister Gilgit Balitistan Mr. Khalid Khursheed. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, Prime Minister AJ&K Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi and Minister Environment Sindh Ismail Rahu joined the meeting via video link.

Adding to this, Prime Minister receives Iranian Chief of General Staff. Prime Minister Imran Khan received Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran. The Prime Minister welcomed the visiting dignitary and highlighted upward trajectory in bilateral engagement between Pakistan and Iran. The Prime Minister recalled meeting President Raisi in Dushanbe on the margins of SCO Summit, which had imparted further impetus to bilateral cooperation.

The Prime Minister underscored Pakistan’s commitment to enhance closer bilateral trade relations as well as enhanced economic and energy cooperation. He described the Pakistan-Iran border as a border of ‘peace and friendship’, and underlined the importance of steps taken for enhanced security on both sides. He also noted agreement on establishment of Border Sustenance Markets and stressed that the operationalization of these markets would facilitate livelihood in the region. The opening of two additional border crossing-points in the last one year had further facilitated regulated movement on both sides.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated Iran’s steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, especially by the Supreme Leader, adding that Kashmiris looked forward to Iran’s strong voice in support of their just cause.

The Prime Minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on the latest developments in Afghanistan, stressing that as the neighbors of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran had direct stake in peace and stability in the country. Pakistan wished to see a peaceful and stable Afghanistan with sustainable economy and promoting connectivity. The Prime Minister underscored that the international community must remain positively engaged, provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, and take steps to prevent economic collapse. He also stressed the need for unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets to help support the Afghan people at this critical juncture, especially before the onset of the winter.

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