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Marriyum Aurangzeb Minister of State for Information Broadcasting & National Heritage and other lighting candle to mark Earth Hour at Parliament House, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change on March 25,2017 at Islamabad.Photo APS

ISLAMABAD:(APS)March 25, 2017-A ceremony was held at Parliament House in Islamabad on Saturday to mark the 10th Earth Hour observed worldwide, including Pakistan.

MS. Marriyum Auranzeb Minister of State for IB & NH  addressing on the eve of a ceremony held in connection  to mark  Earth Hours  celebration in  Parliament House, Islamabad on March 25, 2017

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb was chief guest of the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, she said Pakistan is one of 144 countries taking part in this campaign. She said Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Multan, Peshawar are included in 7001 cities worldwide that are putting off lights for one hour to mark the event.

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Minister of State said Pakistani Parliament last year promised to convert itself into solar energy. Now, it is first legislative house in the world completely running on Solar Power. She said Pakistan’s first reverse monitoring system has also been introduced at parliament.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said during three and half years of this government, a number of energy projects have been started to overcome the shortage of power in the country. Now, the duration of load-shedding has reduced from 17-18 hours to 3 to 4 hours daily. She said by 2018, 80% projects will start generating electricity.

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Marriyum Aurangzeb said under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, special attention has been paid on generation of energy. Besides, energy conservation is being made part of school curriculum and it will be started from federal capital.

Lights were put off at the Parliament House and all other important buildings in the federal capital from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to demonstrate love for planet earth. At Parliament House, candles were lit to mark the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said slogan of saving energy has been adopted by the whole world and Pakistan is very much part of this campaign. He said the government is making all-out efforts to increase energy production in the country according to the vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, it is not oblivious to its responsibilities of protection of environment and energy conservation.

 A number of parliamentarians and people from various walks of life attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile, in his message in connection with Earth Hour, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said Pakistan will play its due role to boost the national climate change resilience, protect lives and livelihoods of the people.

He said this Movement is an attempt at protecting the environment and by small steps like these we aim to create a world with a better environment.    He said the Parliament of Pakistan is glad to be a part of the Earth Hour movement which will see its tenth year this year.

In his message on Earth Hour, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 considers climate change as one of the top national priorities.

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