Climate change, global warming accelerating glacial melting: President

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday said climate change and global warming had accelerated glacial melting, particularly affecting the Gilgit-Baltistan region. He expressed these views during a meeting with Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Syed Mehdi Shah, who called on him.
The president said the recent floods had badly affected the country. During the meeting, they discussed the overall situation in the country and the flood situation in Gilgit-Baltistan. The matter of permanent appointment of vice chancellor of Baltistan University was also discussed.The president said the university was playing a key role in the provision of higher education to the GB people, and stressed upon the need to resolve its issues on priority. The president observed that there existed huge potential in tourism and mineral sectors of Gilgit Baltistan.
Meanwhile, while rejecting four similar representations preferred by State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLICP) against the decisions of the Wafaqi Mohtasib, President Dr Arif Alvi has directed SLICP to pay Rs 1.78 million to the family members of the policyholders. He said that by denying rightful dues to the claimants SLICP has committed maladministration.
The President disregarded the arguments of SLICP and said that SLICP had failed to prove the existence of alleged pre-insurance ailments with irrefutable evidence at the time of approving the life insurance policies to deceased policyholders.
The President said that while filing appeals, the SLICP did not factor in the reports of its own Field Officers who had declared the insured persons as completely healthy. He further observed that the denial of life insurance claims without irrefutable evidence was highly unjustified and reflected maladministration on the part of the SLICP.
The President held that in all four cases, no clinical investigation or diagnostic assessment had been produced by SLICP to corroborate that the deceased policyholders were in fact patients of different diseases. He rejected all four representations and directed SLICP to report compliance to the Mohtasib within 30 days.
As per details, the complainants (Mst Irshad Bibi, Mst Samreen Aasima, Mr Muahammad Awais and Mr Muhammad Ismail) had approached SLICP for the payment of the sum assured as per the insurance policies. SLICP refused to pay the claims by alleging that the deceased policyholders had pre-insurance ailments, such as TB, Cystic Bronchiectasis, kidney disease or lung disease, which they wilfully kept secret at the time of obtaining the policies. Feeling aggrieved, the complainants separately approached the Wafaqi Mohtasib to seek compensation, which passed the orders in their favour. Later, SLICP filed representations against the decisions of the Mohtasib with the President, which were also rejected.