Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) members from government and opposition have shown their concerns over climate change and rapid melting of glaciers in the region. The LA members urged federal government to take mitigating measures to avoid this environmental disaster.
Nadeem Shigri from PPP moved an adjournment motion on last Friday urging prime minister of Pakistan to increase funding so that a protective wall along the Indus River could be constructed to protect people from floods and water erosion.
Mr. Shigri said, “Glaciers in the region are melting speedily”. He further said that under prevailing climate change scenario, the region particularly people living along the Indus River could face more floods. He also called for the provision of information to the GBLA about climate change mitigation measures had taken by the government so far.
Deputy Speaker Jaffarullah Khan said that deforestation at massive level was the main cause of floods. He also said that GB received less precipitation both in snow and rainfall due to changing weather patterns. The deputy speaker said, “Millions of cubic feet of wood are being cut illegally in GB annually and no action has been taken against people involved in this illegal practice”.
Kacho Imtiaz Haider from opposition alleged that allocated funds for tree plantation had been misused by concerned department.
Raja Jahanzeb Khan from PTI held developed countries responsible for global warming phenomena and developing countries as victims.