ISLAMABAD: A tree plantation campaign titled ‘Plant for Pakistan’ has been launched across the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan formally launched the drive by planting a sapling in Haripur district. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan was also present on the occasion.
Speaking to media on the occasion, the premier said the drive is aimed to tackle challenges posed by climate change as Pakistan will be largely affected by global warming if such steps were not taken.
He said 10 billion saplings will be planted across the country in order to make Pakistan green and verdant over a period of five years.
Earlier, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad planted a sapling at Kural Chowk in Islamabad. Whereas, Balochistan chief minister Jam Kamal launched the plantation drive in Balochistan.
About 1.5 million trees will be planted today under the campaign as part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government’s ten billion tree Tsunami 2018 drive.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and government to collectively plant trees, adviser to Prime Minister Malik Amin Aslam had said earlier while chairing a meeting at the Ministry of Climate Change.
The day would also create awareness about benefits of forests and increasing greenery in big cities of the country, he added.