PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has participated in the tree plantation drives to mark the Tiger Force Day in the province. He formally launched Tree Plantation Drives by planting saplings at Regi Lalma Town and Bacha Khan Airport Peshawar and said that we are striving to make the province green in line with the Green Pakistan Initiative of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. “More than 1.2 billion saplings would be planted across the province during the current five years”, he added.
Addressing the launching ceremony of Tiger Force Tree Plantation Drive at Regi Lalma Town Peshawar, the Chief Minister appreciated the sentiments of the people participated in the drive particularly enthusiasm of the Tiger Force and said that Tree Plantation was not a new initiative for the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its people as more than 1.2 billion trees had already been planted in the province during the last five years which has been acknowledged all over the world. Under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project at national level, more than 1.2 billion additional saplings would also be planted in the province during the current five years. The Chief Minister said that planting is in full swing in the province, however, he stated that participation of Tiger Force in the Tree Plantation Drive was highly admirable and we will take full advantage of the potential of this force not only in plantation but other projects initiated for the wellbeing of the people.
On the Tiger Force Day, Tree Plantation Drives have been held at 853 sites of the province under which 1 million saplings only in Peshawar division whereas more than 2.5 million saplings have been planted in the rest of province. Members of provincial cabinet, senators and MPAs led the plantation drives in their constituencies. Earlier, briefing the Chief Minister about the Tree Planting Drive the Airport Manager Ubaid-ur-Rehman Abbassi told that in the light of Prime Minister directive, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority has initiated Green Pakistan Plantation Drive under which saplings are being planted on the Airports. Green belt project at Bacha Khan Airport Peshawar would be completed within a month time whereas the plantation drive during the current season will continue at Saidu Sharif Airport, Bannu Airport, Parachinar Airport and D.I.Khan Airport under which 3000 trees will be planted. Provincial Ministers Ishtiaq Urmar, Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Special Assistant to CM Kamran Bangash, MPA Pir Fida, Secretary Forest.
, Commissioner Peshawar, officials of local government department, PDA and other relevant departments, Tiger Force and large number of people attended the ceremony and participated in the Tree Plantation.