KARACHI - Karachiites can save 1,500 megawatts of electricity by voluntarily keeping off bulbs in their homes for an hour daily, said Commissioner Roshan Ali Sheikh.

Addressing a ceremony organised to commemorate World Earth Hour on late Saturday night, he said growing threat of global warming and associated weather changes have posed a serious threat to mankind as well as to the environment.

He demanded concerted efforts to address the challenges people are exposed to in the form of floods, torrential rains and other natural calamities.

“Natural calamities caused due to global warming demands that a pragmatic approach is adopted to slow down the pace of warming,” he said.

“We need not only to curtail any further destruction of forests but must also focus on increasing the area of forest covered land,” he added.

Commissioner Roshan Ali Sheikh said plantation of trees was a collective responsibility of all citizens.

Industrialisation without environmental considerations, deforestation and unchecked population growth are also some of the major contributory factors towards global warming, he said.

The commissioner said that although Pakistan had little contribution towards global warming yet it was among the countries that were badly affected due to it. “This is because source of all our rivers are the glaciers in the Himalayas,” he said.

“We therefore have to make all efforts to protect our people, land and livelihood of masses against consequent devastations getting all the more evident with every passing day,” said Roshan Ali Sheikh.

On the occasion, participating students sang a song especially prepared to highlight the relevance of earth hour.

Fauzia Wahab visits residence of PPP workers: PPP leader, Member National Assembly (MNA), Ms. Fauzia Wahab visited the residence of PPP workers at Shah Faisal Colony and condoled with them on the death of their relatives.

She condoled with PPP workers Saleem Ansari, Imran Hussain and Syed Mehdi Hassan and offered fateha for the souls of their relatives, said a statement issued on Sunday.

President PPP City Area PS-120, Asghar Arain and General Secretary Akhter Hussain Baloch, General Secretary PPP Women Wing of Shah Faisal Town, Ms. Sanober Saleem and other office bearers and party workers were also present.

Scouts asked to follow ideology of Pakistan: Speakers at a celebration to mark Jashan-e-Pakistan urged scouts to follow ideology of Pakistan which came into being as a result of numerous sacrifices.

Addressing at the concluding ceremony of “Celebration of Pakistan Resolution Festival Week” Assistant Provincial Commissioner Rashid Amin Dar, who was also the chief guest on the occasion, said Muslims of the sub-continent demanded a separate homeland for themselves through Pakistan Resolution on March 1940. “Our elders gifted us Pakistan after a very long struggle,” he added.

The ceremony was organised by Sindh chapter of PIA Scouts at provincial headquarters Karachi. The celebration was held in order to mark Jashan-e-Pakistan.

Provincial Secretary Public Relation Syed Mehboob Qadri said that celebrations were held in Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Peshawar at PIA scouts headquarters. District Commissioner Mumtaz Ahsan Zubari and secretary Abdul Aziz were the programme organisers. Hundreds of PIA Scouts presented various programmes.