Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Saturday, inaugurated ‘Plant for Pakistan’ a drive aimed at planting 10 billion trees across the country in the next five years.
PM Khan initiated the drive by planting a sapling at the Forest Reserve in Balloki to mark the ‘Plant for Pakistan’ campaign.
On the occasion, the premier said that there are too few forests left in the country, adding that Mianwali’s jungle was cut short recently.
The premier was briefed that the condition in Changa Manga has also gotten worse.
An hour before the official launch of ‘Plant for Pakistan,’ PM took to Twitter to announce to end encroachments in the forests and vowed to take the land back from land-grabbers to retain forests.
“We are launching our #Plant4Pakistan program and reclaiming mafia encroached land, converting it into forests and wildlife parks for our future generations to fight climate change and pollution,” the tweet read.
We are launching our #Plant4Pakistan programme & reclaiming mafia encroached land, converting it into forests and wild life parks for our future generations to fight climate change and pollution. pic.twitter.com/yCaaahr2uB
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 9, 2019
Deputy Commissioner Nankana Raja Mansoor Ahmed told the state-owned news agency APP, that a total of 25,000 schoolchildren will take part in the plantation of 10,000 saplings on 2,500 acres of government land retrieved from illegal occupants.
PM’s Advisor on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam also confirmed the news, saying that said 2500 acres of land had been retrieved from the land mafia in the city.
He added that it would be the first incident in history that a piece of land is reclaimed to grow it into a jungle by planting trees.
More to follow…