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UK Prince urges world for steps to guard climate

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LAHORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton listening to Holy Quran during their visit to the Badshahi Masjid, here Thursday. - NNI photo

LAHORE: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived on a day-long visit in Lahore on Thursday.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and other high dignitaries warmly welcome them at Lahore Airport.
During their day-long visit, they will go to SOS Village, Pakistan Cricket Academy, Badshahi Mosque and Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.
Entire route of Royal couple have been decorated with colorful welcoming banners and flags of both UK and Pakistan.
Earlier, the Duke and Duchess have spent the day in a remote location in the Hindu Kush mountain range in northern Pakistan, beginning at the Chiatibo Glacier in Broghil National Park.
The Duke of Cambridge has warned that the world risks losing “many of the precious things we care about” if it fails to take action on climate change, as he visits a melting glacier in Pakistan.
The Duke, who travelled to the north of Pakistan on the third day of their tour, said the couple hoped to “use our voice and lend our position” to talk about the environment and climate change.
Praising young people across the world who are “getting very engaged in what’s going on”, he said: “If we take too long about this we will lose many of the precious things we care about.”
He went on to call for “more education, more awareness and political action”.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on the fourth day of their first royal tour of Pakistan, visited Lahore’s historic Badshahi Mosque before a trip to a cancer hospital that his mother, Princess Diana, visited a year before her death.
Kate and William then took part in a cricket match including former captains of the Pakistan men and women’s teams, Azhar Ali and Sana Mir. Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis, also a former men’s captain, umpired the match during their visit to the Pakistan Cricket Academy.
Later, the prince followed in his mother’s footsteps and visited Badshahi Mosque in the city, evoking memories of Princess Diana’s trip to the place of worship in 1991. (The historic Badshahi Mosque was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1673).
Earlier today, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and other high dignitaries received the Royal couple warmly on arrival at the Lahore airport.
Meanwhile, the British royal couple visited Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore where they inquired about the health of patients.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shaukat Khanum Hospital briefed Prince William and Kate Middleton about the health facility which Lady Diana also visited in 1996 and attended various fundraising events.
Prime Minister Imran Khan founded the health facility in 1994 in the name of his late mother.- NNI