ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) yesterday, showing its anger in the Senate over the government's indifference for not announcing 'climate change policy', said that terrorism, terror financing and land erosion would increase because of changes in climate.

The party questioned the government's failure to submit its 10-year plan about climate changes to UN ahead of the Paris Conference on Climate Change.

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman taking part in a debate said that Pakistan missed the deadline to submit INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) - its 10-year plan for reduction in carbon emissions - to the UN ahead of COP 21 (Paris Conference).

The campaigners of reduction in carbon emissions to protect environment take the government's failure very serious because other South Asian courtiers like Bangladesh and India have submitted their reports. All the countries would discuss their negotiation plans in the Paris conference.

The conference is scheduled to be held from November 30 to December 11 and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself is participating in it. The deadline to submit the INDC was October 1.

Sherry Rehman taking part in the debate on Climate Change Ministry's failure to submit the draft of INDC and the role of government in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) said that terrorism, terror financing and land erosion would increase as a result of changes in climate.

"Pakistan missed two deadlines one about submission of its policy on climate change and the other to become member of Green Climate Fund," she said. She mentioning a report said that 100 million people would fall below the poverty line due to the climate changes and 40 percent would be from Pakistan. She called the Ministry of Climate Change as inefficient. "Floods, heat wave and tense cold, all are due to changes in climate," she said.

UN has specified 100 billion dollars in the Green Climate Fund for developing countries to initiate environment friendly projects but Pakistan has recently failed the deadline to become its member.

However, Federal Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the house that the Prime Minister had approved the draft of INDC, a study had been started how to meet the requirements of 10-year plan and the PM has formed a committee. However, he did not disclose that why Pakistan did not summit the report to UN. "The PM himself is going to Paris to participate in the conference," he said. He said that Pakistan's participation is very low in global warming. It is the policy of government that Pakistan would not stop its development because of climate changes and losses would be compensated suffered as a result of this.

Earlier, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar participating in the debate regretted that the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals 2001-2015, as part of SDGs could not be achieved because the state policies were not welfare oriented. He regretted that a centre, with 500 million rupees funding of UNDP, for monitoring of SGDs had been established in Islamabad while these centres should have been established in the provinces.

Babar said that the targets set out in the SDGs aimed at social, environmental and economic development of the country could be achieved only with the active cooperation of the provinces and local governments.

He said that Pakistan was a security-driven state in which decisions were taken largely on the basis of security considerations. He added that if the state policies were not reoriented there was no likelihood of success in achieving the SDG targets.

On the issue of climate change, the PPP senator proposed that climate change and water stress issues should be included in the framework of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan.

Later, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani formed a special committee to monitor the implementations of SDGs with particular reference to climate change.

On another issue, the government told the house that it had no plans to sell its precious property, where Pakistan Embassy was situated in the past, in Washington. Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that similarly the government was not selling its London property. It was a suggestion that was turned down, he said.