KP govt’s ‘billion tree tsunami’ successfully achieved its goal: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan hailed on Tuesday the role of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw government in the fight against timber mafia and said that ‘billion tree tsunami’ project has successfully achieved its goal.
While addressing an event on KP’s Billion Tree Tsunami project, Imran Khan said that when PTI came into power in 2013, about 200 billion trees were being cut in KP. He alleged that politicians and forest department officials were involved in the destruction of the environment. “Previous governments have destroyed the future of young Pakistanis,” he remarked.
He further hailed the role of Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak in fighting the timber mafia. “I appreciate Pervez Khattak’s role in setting up some money for the forest department.”
Planting one billion trees was quite an arduous task for us, he said. “Everyone used to make fun of us.” However, Khattak was resolved to bring about change.
He remarked that Pervez continued with his efforts even though five people of the forest department were killed and many more injured.
The politicians are involved in timber mafia which is becoming an environmental hazard in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said.
Speaking about the environmental problems, he remarked that “no one cares about the environment.”
“We have never thought about protecting our environment,” he remarked, adding that he noticed the environmental issues as he used to go for trekking and realised that the number of trees is decreasing day-by-day.
He further said that there are no more trees in the jungles of Changa Manga, Chichawatni and Rajanpur, which itself is an alarming situation.

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