LAHORE - Pakistan is not a contributor to global warming, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah says, but has suffered enormously due to climate change.

“Pakistan is working in the field of environment and for the establishment of green courts in the country at provincial and district level,” the chief justice said yesterday. He was addressing a conference on “Environmental Law, Police and Management Authority - the Sustainable Development Goals” being held at the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), Singapore.

Syed Manoor Ali Shah said the environmental law has entered into a totally different paradigm of environment justice. It needs experts in environment, hence local commission has been appointed deal with the issues, he added.

He further said the environmental changes have an adverse effect on Pakistan, even though Pakistan not a contributor to global warming. Climate change has led to huge floods which resulted vast scale destruction and displacement.

He also quoted the Leghari case which has to adaptation/making of short, medium and long term policies relevant authorities to ensure climate justice.

CJ Shah pointed out that the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), Singapore, which is a centre of excellence, has unfortunately ignored Pakistan over the years.

Syed Mansoor Ali Shah is on five days official visit to Singapore to attend “Environment Program Anniversary Celebrations at APCEL. His lordship is Member Supreme Court Committee for Enhancing Environment Justice. He was a participant in APCEL’s Training the Trainers Program in 1997/98 and is a leader in environmental education for the judiciary and green courts in Pakistan.