Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP) – The Senate on Thursday was informed that a Climate Change Authority would be set up to take the necessary measures against the challenges of global warming and environmental degradation.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid told the House during question hour that the Pakistan Climate Change Act would be passed for this purpose.

He said that the government was taking short, medium and long-term measures to meet the challenge of climate change, adding that it had prepared a national forest policy in coordination with the provinces in order to increase forested area the country.

He added that the government had also launched the Green Pakistan Project to enhance forestation.

During question hour, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that 82 percent of the work on the new Islamabad International Airport had been completed and was expected to be functional by the end of the year.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rahman Khan said that 500 tele-centers would be set to provide quality e-services in health, education and agriculture to facilitate people in under-served areas of the country.