Khan briefs media on billion tree tsunami

Staff Report
Sunday - February 11, 2018
ISLAMABAD: In a meeting with television anchorpersons on Saturday, Pakistan tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said, “The billion tree tsunami project stands completed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and that 1.16 billion trees have been planted during the forestry drive.”

According to an official statement, Malik Amin Aslam briefed the meeting over the PTI led KP government’s tree project.

Khan said that the trees were planted over a period of three years, however, he lamented that controversy is being propagated to defame the forestry project.

He said that the billion tree tsunami aims to turn around deforestation and increase KP’s forested area, by at least two percent.

Pakistan is ranked 7 among the countries affected most by the climate change, Khan informed.

He lamented that forests of Rajanpur, Chichawatni, Changa Manga and Kandian in Punjab have vanished and that another unfortunate fact is provincial government’s heedlessness towards growing environmental changes.

Lauding KP government’s efforts, Khan stated that the billion tree tsunami project is the only climate change related task that is acknowledged by global environmental institutions.

He vowed to initiate such projects in other cities in the next phase.