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Tree plantation drive kicks off in capital

STAFF REPORT

ISLAMABAD

The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has kicked off monsoon tree plantations drive in the federal capital and planted 1,000 saplings at Kashmir Highway.

The drive was inaugurated by Minister of Interior Ijaz Ahmad Shah by planting a sapling here at sector G-13 (Kashmir Highway), a press release received here said on Sunday.

The event, organized by the ICT administration, was attended by civil society, volunteers, scouts, schools and officials from Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad and Capital Development Authority.

The minister was briefed about the steps taken under Clean, Green Islamabad initiative, which included plantation of one million plants on self help basis by involving different sections of society. A survey revealed that the survival rate of the planted trees was 70 per cent.

The administration apprised the minister that the administration was intended to plant one million more trees and plants in ongoing monsoon season.

At present, the tree plantation was also being done at 7 other places and a target of 10,000 trees plantation was set for today. The entire activity was being done without any burden on the government kitty.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Inspector General Islamabad.

Foreign Office

In line with the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan to observe Sunday (August 18) as the Plant for Pakistan Day, a simple tree plantation ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi inaugurated the event by planting a pine tree sapling at the premises of the Ministry. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and other officials of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

The Foreign Minister noted that the tree plantation campaign not only showcased the commitment of the Government to afforestation and climate change mitigation, but was aimed also at motivating the people to become part of this effort. With perseverance and commitment, Pakistan will achieve the target of 10 billion tree tsunami, the fruits of which will be enjoyed by future generation.

The 10 billion tree tsunami project aims to upscale and build upon the success of the billion tree tsunami project of the KPK Government, that has seen a substantial increase in area under forest cover in the Province.

Lok Virsa

The National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa, National History and Literary Heritage Division, took part in the “Plant for Pakistan Day” campaign on Sunday, at Lok Virsa Shakarparian.

The “Plant for Pakistan Day” is part of 5 years long flagship project to plant 10 billion trees initiated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

In this regard, one hundred trees were planted in collaboration with Siraat-e-Naat Association, at Lok Virsa complex, Garden Avenue, Shakarparian.

The trees would add to the natural lushness of the complex and help preserve natural habitat of the Shakarparian National Park.

Nazir Ahmed, Deputy Secretary (Heritage) along with senior officials of Lok Virsa and representatives of the association took part in the tree plantation activity. A large number of people including youth were also present at the occasion.

Islamabad Police

As per directives of Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan regarding Campaign of “Plant for Pakistan Day”, Islamabad Police kicked off this campaign from 18th of August onward.

Today IGP Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan in continuation of this campaign planted a sapling at Central Police Office, Police Line Headquarters. On this occasion DIG (Security) Waqar Ahmad Chohan, DIG (Operations) Waqar ud Din Syed, all SSPs, SPs and school children also participated.

IGP Islamabad issued special directions in this regard to be carried out with full vigour. It is worth mentioning that all divisions of Islamabad police are actively participating in this campaign.

Until today, over 2500 plants have been planted by Islamabad Police. The IGP reiterated that planting a plant is a charity and brings about cleanliness in the environment. He further directed that this campaign should be continued and at least on police official should plant two plants.