ISLAMABAD, Nov 17 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday administered the oath to MNA Zahid Hamid as federal minister for Climate Change at a special ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, PM’s Special Assistants Barrister Zafarullah Khan and Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed, members of parliament and senior government officials attended the oath-taking ceremony.The ceremony was conducted entirely in Urdu language.
The appointment of Zahid Hamid is an important development before the
upcoming Conference on Climate Change COP-21 to be held in France from November 30 to December 11.
“Now the Ministry of Climate Change can have strong representation at
COP-21 under the leadership of such a knowledgeable person,” said a statement issued by the Government of Pakistan here Tuesday.
Being a professional lawyer, Zahid Hamid worked extensively in the
field of environmental law in 1990s and campaigned for environmental conservatism. He helped in drafting of federal laws on protection of environment.
Hamid’s recommendation resulted into establishment of Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) authorized by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1997.
He also contributed in drafting Pakistan Environmental Protection Act
1997 and became the first Director General of Environmental Protection Agency.
Zahid Hamid previously has served twice as Federal Minister for
science and technology, and for law and human rights. He also performed his duties as State Minister for Defence, Investment and Privatization.