LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has sought replies from the federal and Punjab governments to explain the development on deterring climate change in the country.

Asghar Laghari, a farmer, filed the petition and submitted that the country was facing challenges like considerable increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, coupled with erratic monsoon rains. He says intense floods and droughts are causing serious damage to the country.

The petitioner states the projected recession of the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalayan (HKH) glaciers due to global warming and carbon soot deposits from trans-boundary pollution sources is threatening the water inflow into the Indus River System (IRS) and has increased siltation of major dams.

The temperature has also increased which is resulting in enhanced heat and water-stressed conditions, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, leading to reduced agricultural productivity, he says.

He contends these threats lead to major survival concerns for Pakistan, particularly in relation to the country’s water security, food security and energy security.

On Monday, a law officer who appeared on behalf of the federal government told the judge that the government had made Framework for Implementation of Climate Change Policy (2014-2030) to counter this challenge.

He said the most immediate and serious threat to Pakistan is that of water security and food security.

After hearing both sides, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued notices to the respondents and adjourned further hearing until Sept 4.