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War footing steps needed to control environmental pollution:Col.Shuja

Minister EnvirmentLahore: Provincial Minister for Environmental Protection Department, Col. (Retd.) Shuja Khanzada has said that there is a need for working on war footing to control environmental pollution.  He said that as government cannot deal with this problem alone all segments of the society will have to play their role in this regard.

He was addressing a function arranged by Pakistan Engineering Congress in connection with World Environment Day, here today. President of the Engineering Congress Iftikhar Ahmed, office-bearers, environment experts and a large number of foresters were present on the occasion.

The Minister said that there is a need to promote public awareness regarding climatic changes and shortage of water so that the problem of environmental pollution could be controlled. He said that Punjab government led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is utilizing all energies and resources for tackling the issue of environmental pollution.

He said that there is a need to make collective efforts for controlling environmental pollution as it is a common problem. He said that according to environment experts, snow over mountains is rapidly melting all over the world due to climatic changes and the sea level will rise up to 10 feet during the next few decades as a result of which small islands will face threats.

Meanwhile, a symposium was jointly arranged by Environmental Protection Department, City District Government and Punjab University in Al-Raazi Hall of Punjab University in connection with World Environment Day. Col. (Retd.) Shuja Khanzada was the chief guest while Secretary Environment Muhammad Anwar Rasheed, DG Environment Farooq Hameed Sheikh and Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Mujahid Kamran also attended the symposium.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that in order to curb environmental pollution, maximum number of trees will have to be planted. He said that the youth can play an important role in developing a human-friendly environment. He said that EPD will ensure participation of boy and girl students in its public awareness campaigns.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor Punjab University Mujahid Kamran, Secretary Environment Muhammad Anwar Rasheed and Professor Firdous Bareen also addressed the symposium. Speech and documentary contests were also arranged on the occasion and the students winning top positions were given shields.

Meanwhile, Col. (Retd.) Shuja Khanzada has said that there is a need for working on war footing to control environmental pollution.  He said that as government cannot deal with this problem alone all segments of the society will have to play their role in this regard.

He was addressing a function arranged by Pakistan Engineering Congress in connection with World Environment Day, here today. President of the Engineering Congress Iftikhar Ahmed, office-bearers, environment experts and a large number of foresters were present on the occasion.

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