Plant and protect trees, govt will provide sports grounds: PM

News Desk

The youth of Pakistan has to play their due role in making the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami drive a success to protect the country from adverse impact of the climate change.

This has been stated by the Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the launching ceremony of Spring Tree Plantation Campaign at Ghazi Barotha on Friday.

On the occasion, the Imran Khan has said that the trees are vital to preserve the future of coming generations as Pakistan is amongst the ten most affected countries of the world by the negative impact of the climate change. He asked the youth to protect trees and the government will provide them sports grounds.

The Prime Minister further stated that 70 percent of Lahore’s tree cover was eroded and the previous regimes paid no heed to that regard. He said we have to plant more trees to reverse the adverse impact of climate change.

He also responded to the demands raised by Malik Amin Aslam, the special assistant on climate change, for the area and announced setting up of Special Technology zone at Kamra. He said the entire Punjab, including Attock district, will be provided with universal health coverage under Insaf Health Card by the end of this year.

“It has been government’s policy to give priority to local people for jobs in projects established in an area,” he added.

The Special Assistant on Climate Change has said on the occasion that one million trees will be planted along banks of the Ghazi Canal in next three years. He said the government is also working on constructing ten cricket grounds in the area.

Malik Amin Aslam thanked the Premier for approving provision of gas to 35 villages of the area from where natural gas is being extracted as priority right.

“A regional campus of Allama Iqbal Open University and a mother-child hospital are also being established in Attock to facilitate people of the area,” he added.