PLANT FOR PAKISTAN
The Plant for Pakistan Movement has begun in the country with PM Imran waters first plant of 10 billion trees project by planting a sapling in Haripur district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on 2 September 2018. The prime minister said to media at the occasion that their target is to plant 10 billion trees in five years of their tenure to make the country green. K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan received the Prime Minister and accompanied him to Haripur during the launching of the campaign. The prime minister while talking about the aim of the trees plantation drive, “Pakistan is seventh on the list of those countries which will be affected by global warming… this is a war for the survival of our future generations.” For him, the aim of the project is to beat the threat of global warming and climate change. For this purpose, 200 points in different cities have been marked initially. Later on, the drive will be carried out in all cities across the country. The prime minister made it clear that this is the beginning. Their target is to plant 10 billion trees in the whole country and this campaign will continue for 5 years. He claimed that his government has already planted 1.18 billion trees in K-P.
It would be instructive to learn that PM Khan’s adviser on Climate Change, Amin Aslam has stated the program initiated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Green Pakistan Programme (GPP), will be assimilated into the billion tree Tsunami project. According to a statement issued by the government, the purpose of the campaign is to encourage people, communities, organisations, business and industry, civil society and government to collectively plant trees. Last week of the last month, the federal government had already instructed around 12 provincial departments, all divisional and deputy commissioners to plant trees for ‘plant for Pakistan’ day, however, officials were baffled as no specific instructions came from the federal department.