ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Climate Change to provide the provinces with financial and technical support for implementing the climate change policy , The Nation has learnt.

According to the sources, all provinces have set up a special wing for coordination with the federal government regarding the implementation of the policy across the country. Several key issues of the country including health, energy and water have been pointed out in the policy and more than 700 long-term measures are required to address the issues, the sources added.

Senator Mushahidullah, the outgoing minister of climate change, had taken the special initiative for implementation of the policy and chaired several meetings with the provincial authorities ensuring maximum cooperation on the subject.

Earlier, the provinces did not reply reminders of the federal government’s letters but convinced provincial chief ministers and other relevant officials to come forward for resolving the climate change issues for a better Pakistan.

Talking to The Nation, a senior official of the ministry said that incumbent minister for climate change Zahid Hamid could not continue the campaign started by Mushahidullah for the policy implementation due to his indulgence in legal affairs of the government. Hamid did not chair a single meeting specifically on the implementation of the climate change policy after assuming charge of the office.