Published On: Sat, Jun 13th, 2015

Pakistan Will Sustain 100% Access To The Drinking Water

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562314_535966456449481_130992343_nBy: Amna Malik

Senior Leader of Pakistani Muslim League (N) From NA-69, Khushab
The Writer is also a keen observer on Pakistan’s economic and political relations with Central Asia and China.
She can be reached at amnamalikk69@gmail.com


Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz sharif has visited Tajikistan on two-day official visit on the special invitation of his Tajik counterpart, Mr. Qohir Rasulzoda to attend International Conference on Implementation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2025, being held in Dushanbe between June 9th and 10th in 2015. PM Nawaz has represented Pakistan at the conference accompanied by Minister of Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.

water for lifePM Nawaz Sharif started his address by stressing upon the importance of the millennium goal that access to the drinking water is yet to be prevailed over and even the work is not complete. He further stressed, in third world, millions remain without having access to drinking water and for billions sanitation facilities are far reaching realities. He continued his speech by showing his pleasure to recall that Pakistan was one of the co-sponsors of the UN Resolution who established the International Decade, and on the occasion of completion of the International Decade, several milestones could be identified to take note of our collective efforts.

water for life 1He exposed that UN Millennium Development Goal, halving the proportion of world population to access drinking water and sanitation facilities by the end of 2015 was met a long time ago and the most embarking point of his speech was that Pakistan would sustain 100 percent access to the clean water, sanitation facilities and underlined supply of water by the end of 2025. “Access to drinking water is declared as fundamental human rights, he greatly respects human rights and instinctively invites all other to work together to release 40 percent of world population”, He further added.

PM speech at the conference is great enough to understand the most important global challenge the world is facing today and his approach to affirm the strategies to settle down the problem for the future generations is a great attribute to the humanity. In fact, Pakistan is amongst the most populated countries; population of Pakistan is growing at increasing rate and demand for water will also grow 45% more in 2025 and for that reliance on river water and water down the ground will also boost up. In order to achieve Millennium development Goals Pakistan needs to sustain its natural water resources by building dames and hydro power projects to meet the energy and growing water shortage in the future.

water for life 2For that PML (N) government is actively approaching to allocate all possible means. Let me again turn spot light on the objectives visualized in the conference, of course PM Nawaz embarked the myth of the problem and its solution. The fact is also coincided by his propagation as 70% fatal diseases are caused by polluted water and in current budget government has allocated Rs. 3 billion for water supply. Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) along with 6 consultancies including Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala,, Rawalpindi and Sialkot are the major milestones achieved by PML (N) government in Pakistan’s most populated province of Punjab. Targets of LWMC are to sustain easy access to clean drinking water, creation of awareness to say no to polluted water, to manage solid waste and to provide hygienic facilities to the people. Govt. has also installed 61 new projects worth 515 billions at District and Tehsil levels, headed by Committee of National Economic Council and Planning Commission which will be accomplished by the support of international communities. Federal Govt. recently approved K-4 project worth Rs. 2 billion for the people of Karachi on the request of Sindh provincial government. All those have been done to combat with Millennium Development Goals set under UN Resolution.

Targets to great extend have been achieved as PM Nawaz has exposed out in his speech at the conference that Pakistani people as well as people at regional and international level are well aware now; they are more determinant to facilitate themselves with clean water and proper sanitation. Hence, we all need to join hand to overcome the challenge the global humanity is facing today.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon among other world leaders are also participating the conference which is being hosted by Tajikistan for the implementation of the UN resolution. He largely admired the efforts and strong commitment of world leaders to this noble cause of sustaining access to drinking water.

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