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GCF funds $9.8 million boost to fight floods in KP

This project, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), will be led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of Pakistan

Published by Hussnain Bhutta



Islamabad: A major initiative worth $9.8 million has been greenlit to tackle extreme climate events in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

This project, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), will be led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of Pakistan.

The project aims to improve the public sector’s ability to forecast floods and take preemptive actions. It will provide rural households with tools to diversify their income sources and achieve financial stability.

The initiative also focuses on enhancing climate information services, helping communities prepare for flash floods with better risk information and local planning.

Over 1.6 million people in vulnerable areas will benefit from improved climate services and an early warning system. New automated weather and hydrometeorological stations will be set up in Buner and Shangla districts.

These stations will offer tailored crop management advice, help reduce harmful coping strategies during floods, and involve local entrepreneurs and the private sector.

WFP Pakistan’s Country Director, Coco Ushiyama, welcomed the GCF’s support, highlighting the importance of financing for accelerating climate action. She noted that climate change poses a severe threat but also calls for collective efforts to build a resilient and food-secure future.

This project will support ongoing climate resilience efforts in Pakistan by addressing gaps in early warning systems and community engagement. It includes strategies to support marginalized groups, especially women and persons with disabilities, ensuring they have access to climate resilience measures.

The project focuses on building institutional capacity, transferring knowledge, and ensuring long-term sustainability. It marks a significant step forward and could serve as a model for similar initiatives in other climate-vulnerable regions worldwide.

The GCF Board approved the project during its 39th meeting in Songdo, South Korea, on July 18.


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Nearly 50,000 Pakistani pilgrims go missing in Iraq: Minister

Senate committee discussed monitoring mechanisms and challenges faced by pilgrims 

Published by Samiullah Farid



Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, revealed that nearly 50,000 Pakistani pilgrims have gone missing in Iraq during pilgrimage.

During a Senate committee meeting, Hussain stated that while the Iraqi government issues free visas for pilgrims, tour operators charge $80-90. The committee discussed monitoring mechanisms and challenges faced by pilgrims, especially at the Taftan border, highlighting issues like long waits, lack of basic facilities, and high costs.

The meeting concluded with a decision to work with provincial governments to improve the situation and create a better policy for managing pilgrimages. The Additional Secretary of Religious Affairs mentioned a new policy for pilgrims to Iraq, Iran, and Syria, which is awaiting cabinet approval.

Senator Raja Nisar Abbas emphasized the long waiting periods and poor-quality food and drink. Hussain suggested involving provincial governments for significant improvements.

Committee Chairman Senator Attaur Rehman proposed a meeting with provincial governments to develop a report. Secretary Religious Affairs Zulfiqar Haider mentioned plans to create a directorate for pilgrims to Iraq and Iran, similar to the Hajj Directorate.

The Pakistan House project was removed due to land issues in Quetta. The committee decided to review the situation thoroughly and create a comprehensive policy for pilgrims.

Senator Bushra Anjum Butt stressed that any new policy should consider the needs of women and children. The Federal Minister stated that steps are being taken to prevent illegal travel to other countries.

The committee also discussed the printing of error-free copies of the Quran and promoting interfaith harmony. Senator Gurdeep Singh suggested recognizing Sikh religious celebrations at the state level. The committee reviewed issues related to Hajj 2024, noting improvements and addressing complaints from pilgrims.

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Fostering chaos,  hatred cannot be tolerated: Danyal Ch

PML-N leader says PTI was engaging in a deliberate campaign to weaken Pakistan’s institutions and stability

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Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Barrister Danyal Chaudhry Wednesday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) allegedly working to undermine the country both economically and strategically.

Speaking to a private news channel, he said that PTI was engaging in a deliberate campaign to weaken Pakistan’s institutions and stability.

Chaudhry said that PTI’s actions, including mocking state institutions and martyrs, are part of a well-orchestrated conspiracy.

“Mocking our institutions and martyrs is a calculated move,” he stated. “Such behavior, aimed at fostering chaos and hatred, cannot be tolerated.”

He said that the ideals of progress and those promoting chaos cannot coexist. “The thought that weakens Pakistan must be eradicated; this country cannot surrender to such ideologies.”

The PML-N leader also pointed to specific evidence of PTI’s alleged disruptive activities, including the burning of effigies of martyrs and attacks on state installations.

These actions are clear indications of their intention to stigmatize and destabilize, he said.



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