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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Dec 17, 2013

Mushahid for joint strategy to fight climate change

Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, Senator Mushahid
Hussain Sayed Monday called for joint strategy by Asian nations to cope with
the challenges of climate change.

"Those living on the coastline of South Asia were at risk because of global
warming and rising temperature. So it was necessary that there should be a
regional South Asian approach to this problem as well," he said addressing a
conference on climate change organized by the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI). In his speech to the conference being attended by
parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan and
representatives of India, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that climate change was
an issue not only confined to Pakistan but an issue of South Asia as a whole as
well as the entire Asia.

In this connection, he referred to his recent role as Chairman of the
Organizing Committee of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), which was the
biggest parliamentary conference in the history of Pakistan with 30 countries
participating.

"The Islamabad Declaration has also focused on the issue of climate change and
environmental degradation through a collective responsibility of Asian
Parliaments," he added.

Mushahid also underlined the importance of a full fledged Ministry of Climate
Change in the country and said, "there is an immediate need to revive the
Ministry of Climate Change given the importance of this issue, which has
security implications as well."