Govt set a target of sapling 3.5 million trees on Aug 09.


ISLAMABAD, Aug 08: Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch country’s biggest tree plantation campaign on Aug 09 targeting to around 3.5 million trees in a day across the country.

“I want everyone to join me tomorrow, 9th August, in planting trees all over Pakistan,” the prime minister tweeted.

He also asked the parliamentarians ministers, chief ministers and Tiger Force volunteers to participate in the biggest tree planting campaign in the history.

“The target is 35 lakh (3.5 million) trees in a day though we will try to exceed it,” the prime minister resolved.

The government has announced to observe August 9 as ‘Tiger Force Day’ across Pakistan when over a million volunteers along with government would plant trees as part of 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative.

As per plan, around 2 million saplings would be planted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1.19 million in Punjab, 300,000 in Sindh, 57,000 in AJK, 15,000 in Balochistan and 11,500 in Gilgit Baltistan.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said that two million saplings would be planted on Tiger Force Day (August 9) across the country. He said that 1.2 million saplings would be planted with the cooperation of Forest Department, while the rest would be planted at 529 points in Punjab. He said 0.5 million saplings would be planted at 853 locations in Khyber Pakhtun Khwah (KPK), adding that tree plantation campaign would be carried out across the country.

The Special Assistant said that Pakistan was facing environment related challenges, besides COVID-19 therefore timely steps were needed to provide wholesome,healthy environment to people.

SAPM said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would plant a sapling on August 9 to mark Tiger Force Day in Islamabad, while Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhery Sarwar would plant saplings in Lahore. KPK Chief Minister, Governor Sindh, as well as federal/ provincial ministers and other government officials would also join the campaign.

He said that Sindh government should also benefit from the volunteer services of Tiger Force as 154,000 Tiger Force’s registered youth in Sindh were ready to work with the provincial government to provide relief to people. He regretted that if Tiger Force’s services had been utilized in Karachi during rainy spells the people would have faced fewer problems.

During the press conference, Usman Dar invited PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal and Khwaja Asif to become part of the tree plantation campaign by setting aside their differences with the ruling party with the larger aim to make Pakistan “clean and green”.

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