Countries like Malaysia and Bangladesh are prioritizing a pollution-free environment for its citizens. Pakistan too is also looking into investing in green and more sustainable solutions. However, one that that Pakistanis need to do better is to learn how to care for their environment better. And thank God for men like Saifullah Kashmiri, we think there’s hope that attitudes can change for the better.
Saifullah is a 42-year-old motorcyclist who is out to clean up Pakistan. He’s on a solo mission but hopes his actions can spur legions of our countrymen to emulate his example.
Saifullah Kashmiri is touring the country from Khunjerab to Gwadar on his bike and initiating clean up drives along the way.
Last we checked he wrapped up a clean up drive in Rattigali Lake.
Meet Saifullah Kashmiri, a 42-year-old motorcyclist, who is determined to clean Pakistan by touring the country from Khunjerab to Gwadar on his bike. This photo was taken after he completed a cleanliness drive at Rattigali Lake. We all can learn a lot from Saifullah! 🧹♻️🚮 pic.twitter.com/81NnwAb2cC
— Islamabad Scene (@IslamabadScene) September 11, 2019
While there are arguments over who should be cleaning up litter, this man took it upon himself to take action.
His story even got other people to share their own experiences.
Tourist spots often see the worst of this littering pandemic. This group cleaned up all the trash they encountered along the trek up Mushkpuri Top.
Muridke O&M Team while hiking to Mushkpuri Top collected all trash along the way and disposed in municipal waste. Although it's a small effort but its message is strong, clean Pakistan 👍 pic.twitter.com/6MrxnpYJyM
— Naveed Javed (@NaveedJavedPak) September 11, 2019
One Twitter user urged the Minister of State for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul Wazir and Federal Minister of Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam to appoint this man as an ambassador for the Ministry of Climate Change.
— Engr. Muhammad Adnan (@PakiJunoon22) September 11, 2019
Govt must appoint him as head of the area for this cause.brave man
— Farah (@faroo64) September 11, 2019
Every government must recognise such efforts and felicitate them in a public function.
— Fersos Daruwala (@goldchest4) September 11, 2019
Others felt that authorities need to make better use of their resources and find a concrete solution to this problem. With Pakistan promoting its’ tourism industry, the influx of people may result in more litter in these scenic places.
He shouldn't have to do this though. Pakistani local Governments should be doing that! @ImranKhanPTI
— The Decider (@TheDecider25) September 11, 2019
Majority of the public applauded Saifullah Kashmiri. While we all want municipal governments to do better, we should follow Saifullah Kashmiri’s lead and clean up after ourselves.
It's our joint responsibility to Strive for Clean & Green Pakistan. #CleanGreenPakistan
— Jamil Anwar (@JamilAnwarAb) September 11, 2019
What a legend. Wish Pakistani people has even 50% of his mindset then pak would av been the cleanest place. Salute this great man
— eftekhar Ahmad (@iftikhar77777) September 11, 2019
Cleanliness is half of imaan
— Mohammed Mirza (@singa26) September 11, 2019
More power to you Mr Saifullah
— Ahsan Rashid (@AhsaAhsanra) September 11, 2019
Salute to you Mr Saifullah! 👏👏👏
— Amer Lodi (@kinglodi7) September 11, 2019
We must say that authorities shouldn’t make it a habit of relying on volunteers to save the day. After all they were the ones elected to put out these figurative fires.
Excellent work by @ICTA_Volunteers for making the Forest Area clean 🎖💐✅🇵🇰 https://t.co/mpJAtOGpmQ
— Office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) September 12, 2019
Last but certainly not on the least, Saifullah even received love from across the border.