ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory has banned BBQs, smoking, bonfires, burning, and littering of garbage, littering of plastic, and carrying laminable items.
According to an order issued by Additional District Magistrate Shehryar Arif Khan, the use of lighters, charcoal, matchsticks, bottles of petrol/kerosene oil, and tree cutting is leading to the loss of animal habitats, polluting water, and clearing or breaking up of land in the Margalla Hills National Park.
The order, which was issued by the Office of the District Magistrate, aims to protect the national park from further degradation and preserve its ecological balance.
The Additional District Magistrate has exercised his powers under Section 144 Cr.PC 1898 and prohibited these activities in the jurisdiction of the Federal Capital.
As per the official letter, the ban will come into effect immediately and will remain in force for two months.
Furthermore, the order shall be given wide publicity by publication in the Official Gazette and the local newspapers and through all other media of publicity and by affixing copies in conspicuous places in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
The sources claimed that the order is aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the Margalla Hills National Park and ensuring that it remains an important ecological site for years to come.