Pakistan Upgrades The Climate Change Division Into A Ministry,Is That Going To Change Anything?


Although Pakistan has formally created a Ministry of Climate Change however whether this would be effective still remains a an unanswered question.

As pointed out by a story published in, the fact that Pakistan’s climate change division has formally been upgraded to the status of a ministry is still causing confusion among some experts on the subject who cannot decide whether this decision will bring any positive change or not.

Pakistan’s federal government made this up gradation on 8th January and has notified that the ministry would be headed by Mushahid Ullah Khan.

According to some of the experts on climate change who are working in Pakistan, this step should be hailed as a positive one since it shows the concern of our government regarding the issue.

The incumbent government has taken many initiatives which support the idea that our government really wants to work effectively on some of the issues related to climate change.

Experts on the subject claim that the formation of a fully functional ministry would help in the timely decision making regarding the environmental issues.

Some experts are of the contrary opinion and claim that coming up with ministries is only a symbolic thing and the issue will not be taken seriously unless and until it is one of government’s top most priority.

Previously, the PMLN government demoted the ministry to the level of a division and now again they have upgraded it which shows their level of seriousness regarding the whole issue, say some experts. At the time when it was demoted to a division, its budget was also cut down.

Now that this step has been taken, there is a need of better coordination among some of the concerned federal ministries and the relevant provincial departments.

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Mariyum Iftikhar

Mariyum Iftikhar is a Web Producer & Blog Coordinator at She covers Lifestyle, Health and other social issues for the fastest growing news website in Pakistan, US, UK and Middle East.

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