PM directs to declare a ‘leopard preservation zone’ in Margalla hills
ISLAMABAD - While according approval in principle for the National Climate Change Policy 2021 and National Wildlife Policy 2021, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed that a special zone in Margalla hills be declared as a leopard preservation zone. Chairing the third meeting of the Committee on Climate Change here, the Prime Minister also approved the establishment of Wildlife Information Center at Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo. The population of leopards in Margalla hills, according to Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, is increasing and the animal is frequently spotted by the visitors of the trails. The special leopard zone will provide healthy eco-system to the predators, permanently inhabiting the hills. The Prime Minister directed establishment of a think tank to coordinate efforts between various ministries and to devise out of box solutions for climate change mitigation. He said Pakistan had established its credibility as a ‘Green Champion’ due to its flagship Ten Billion Tree programme, initiated by the party’s government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Prime Minister noted that international community was acknowledging Pakistan’s realistic and tangible steps to mitigate impacts of climate change. Imran Khan directed the Ministry of Climate Change to review targets and formulate new goals aiming at fast-tracking the steps required to preserve natural environment. He said preservation of the country’s national parks was paramount and stressed the need for inducting trained manpower and utilising modern technology. He appreciated the efforts of Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam for environmental protection and highlighting Pakistan’s efforts in this field. Earlier, 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 Adviser Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Minister of State Zartaj Gul, SAPM Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Khalid Khursheed. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi and Minister Environment Sindh Ismail Rahu joined the meeting via video link. PM reviews arrangements to celebrate 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal will be celebrated in a befitting manner with great fervour and zeal, adding that ceremonies will also be organised throughout the country to mark this day. Chairing a high-level meeting on celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) with full religious zeal and fervour, the Prime Minister said that Eid Milad-un-Nabi will be celebrated in a befitting manner and the biggest ceremony of Pakistan’s history to celebrate this day will be held in Islamabad. During the meeting, the Prime Minister was briefed in detail about the preparations for 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal. Federal ministers Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Shafqat Mehmood, special assistants to PM Shehbaz Gill, Usman Dar, Senator Faisal Javed, Member National Assembly Amir Mehmood Kayani and relevant officers were present in the meeting, which was also attended by Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Senator Saifullah Niazi and Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman via video link.