PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan launched on Sunday the country’s “history’s biggest tree plantation campaign” targeting to around 3.5 million trees in a day across the country but a sadist section of Pakistani population demonstrated their selfishness and sadism by rooting out these plants in KPK.
A video of their nasty activities went viral in Pakistan and outside the country that was condemned by cross section of society. These people attacked on newly set plants, rooted out and threw them in Bara, KPK. They excused that the district administration and Forest Department have no rights of planting on their land without their permission. “They are planting today and tomorrow will occupy our lands”, the protestors said.
The plantation was inauguration by PTI Member of National Assembly Iqbal Afridi and A. Shafique MPA. Soon after this unexpected attack, representatives of district administration, forest department and members of Tiger Force run away from the scene and attackers got free hand for vandalism. Eye witness accounts claim that the attackers belong to JUI-F (headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman) but other sources said that hooligans were mix group from various organisations and general public.
Earlier, Imran Khan had tweeted that he wants everyone to join me tomorrow, 9th August, in planting trees all over Pakistan. He also asked the parliamentarians ministers, chief ministers and Tiger Force volunteers to participate in the biggest tree planting campaign in the history. He said that the target is 35 lakh (3.5 million) trees in a day though we will try to exceed it.
The government had 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.