Amina Ali (Expert on Climate Change): Pakistan has taken numerous steps to meet the set goals in mitigating the impacts of climate change. The main issue is sustainability as the plants need extra care in the starting few months. Climate change has global impacts but Pakistan is among the ten countries that are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The need of the time is to create awareness among the people regarding the importance of plantation and impacts of climate change. The government has taken a good initiative of launching a clean and green Pakistan campaign and is devoted to meet the target of planting 10 billion trees in the country. If we don’t focus on planting the trees even now then the temperature will rise and the place will become unbearable to live because of rising temperatures. Water shortage issue will also become severe in the coming future.
Nuzhat Pathan (Leader, PTI): Last year, as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the parliamentarians in their constituencies participated in the plantation campaigns and now those plants have grown up. The government has launched this campaign for the better future of our generations. The vision of clean and green Pakistan is to reduce the impacts of climate change. So far, we are getting positive responses from the nation and every individual is realizing his responsibility of planting trees in order to get rid of pollution. The political parties despite the political differences must instruct their workers to participate in plantation campaigns as it is in the national interest. Balochistan is an important province of the country and is blessed with a number of natural resources. The government must pay special attention to the plantation campaign in Balochistan as well.
Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik (Defense Analyst): The decision of Loya Jirga to release 400 Afghan prisoners was most likely. Pakistan remains the main stakeholder in the region and has always worked for peace, stability and prosperity of Afghanistan. Peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan. Afghanistan has been in the state of war since 1979. The demand of Afghan Taliban has been very clear regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from their country. Prime Minister Imran Khan right from day one has been of the view that there is no military solution to the Afghan issue and negotiation is the only way to bring peace and stability in the war-torn country. Now the world is also acknowledging the narrative of Pakistan in this regard. The decision of Loya Jirga is a welcoming step. There are a lot of forces that are peace spoilers and do not want peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan is ready to invest in the landlocked country once peace is restored there. Moreover, becoming a part of CPEC will bring economic stability in Afghanistan as well.
Tahir Khan (Expert on Afghan Affairs): Earlier the Afghan government refused to release the Taliban prisoners and claimed that these prisoners were involved in massive crimes. Today, the Loya Jirga has decided to release 400 Taliban prisoners and now we may see the start of intra-Afghan negotiation process soon. As per Taliban-US peace deal, the number of foreign forces was supposed to be reduced in Afghanistan and 5 army centers to be closed. So far, the United States is complying with the terms and conditions of the peace deal. Now, it is up to Afghan government and Afghan Taliban to resolve their bilateral issues through negotiations. The delay in the start of intra-Afghan peace dialogue may affect the US-Taliban peace deal as well. Taliban are the main stakeholders and have the majority of Afghanistan's part in their control. Pakistan has always been of the view that Afghan refugees must also be a part of intra-Afghan peace process. The voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees will start from tomorrow which is a good news.