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"InshaAllah we will leave a clean and green Pakistan for future generations," Imran remarked.

Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked all Pakistanis, especially the youth, to prepare themselves for the "biggest tree planting campaign in Pakistan's history" ahead of the monsoon season this year.

The premier shared an infographic on Twitter that showed the number of trees per person in different countries. According to the chart, there are 10,163 trees per person in Canada, 699 per person in the United States, 130 per person in China, 28 per person in India, and five trees per person in Pakistan.

The PM also launched the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign 2021, vowing that his government would make a "green Pakistan" by planting 10 billion trees.
 

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Punjab Government to plant 50 Million saplings in monsoon tree plantation campaign

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The Punjab government has set a target of planting 50 million saplings during the monsoon tree plantation campaign that would be formally inaugurated in the third week of July and would continue by December.
Punjab Minister for Forests Sabtain Khan and Chief Secretary Punjab jointly presided over a meeting to review the arrangements for the campaign, at the Civil Secretariat.

Addressing the meeting, Sabtain Khan said that the Punjab government is taking steps to increase forests in line with the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He said that under the "Khidmat Apki Dehliz Per" programme, tree planting week is being observed across the province from July 12 to 18 and as many as 380,000 saplings would be planted during this week.

The Chief Secretary said that suitable arrangements should be in place to look after a sapling after its plantation, directing the secretary forest to devise a system for monitoring the growth of plants with the help of modern technology.
 

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday once again urged the nation to fully participate in government’s monsoon tree plantation drive, turning Pakistan into a green country.

On his twitter handle, the prime minister posted a combo of pictures in which he was seen planting a pine tree in Nathia Gali.
“Planting pine trees in Nathia (Gali) as part of our monsoon tree plantation campaign. I want our whole nation to participate in the greening of Pakistan,” the prime minister posted.

In his previous tweets, on different occasions, the prime minister had been consistently motivating the people, especially youth, to actively take part in the country’s biggest tree plantation campaign. He also made references to the monsoon tree plantation drive in the country under his government’s much ambitious Ten Billion Tree Tsunami project and Green and Clean Pakistan initiative.

“I want all Pakistanis, esp (especially) our youth, to gear up for the biggest tree planting campaign in our history. We have a lot of catching up to do,” the prime minister had said in one of his previous posts on popular social media platform.

“And we will be gearing up this monsoon season for our plantation drive – the biggest in Pakistan’s history,” he further added in a related tweet.

In another past tweet, he had expressed his strong resolve to leave ‘a clean and green Pakistan for future generations’ of the country.

The prime minister had also posted pictures and video clips of swaths of land in Matta Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Bhakkar etc; converted into green chunks of land owing to the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami and Clean, Green Pakistan campaigns. “The greening of Pakistan is meant for future generations,” he maintained in one of his July 20th twitter post.
 

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ISLAMABAD, July 26 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said as Pakistan faced the impending challenge of climate change, massive plantation was the solution to reverse the negative impacts of environmental degradation.

Addressing at the launch of nationwide monsoon tree plantation drive, the prime minister said deforestation had resulted in an increased levels of air pollution and temperatures in the country, which required a special focus on planting trees.

At the capital’s Fatima Jinnah Park, the prime minister planted the sapling of Avocado (Persea Americana) fruit tree to kick off the plantation campaign.

Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at the launch of nationwide monsoon tree plantation drive at Fatima Jinnah Park in Islamabad on July 26, 2020.
Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the plantation under the Ten Billion Tree Programme would help the country gain its required forest cover, which was unfortunately quite less compared with other countries in the region.

He said ruthless tree-cutting during the previous governments had led to rising pollution in big cities and emphasized that trees were the natural remedy to absorb the airborne pollutants.

Sharing his vision to make every city of Pakistan green, he asked the local administrations including Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to ensure proper implementation of the plantation drive and also preserve the green covers.
 

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King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Islamabad in 1960's

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As numerous newspapers and magazines reveal, when King Faisal had cut off oil supplies of the Western world in 1973, the-then American Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, had come to the Monarch saying: "If Saudi Arabia doesn't lift the boycott, America will come and bomb the oilfields."

Faisal had replied back: "You are the ones who cannot live without oil. You know we are from the desert and our ancestors used to live on dates and milk, so we can easily go back and live like that again."
 

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10,000 saplings being planted in Bannu; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to plant 1 Billion trees till 2023, in addition to the 1 Billion+ trees planted before 2018 on the direction of PM Imran Khan.


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A 70-year-old horticulturist is helping Peshawar reclaim its floral past


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Misal Khan has distributed nearly 200,000 saplings of flowers and plants to people across the province, free of cost.


Misal Khan tends to saplings in his nursery | Photo by the writer


Misal Khan tends to saplings in his nursery | Photo by the writer

There was a time when Peshawar was known as the city of flowers. Perhaps this was because of the many gardens built in the 16th and 17th centuries during the Mughal Era.

Professor Sayed Amjad Hussain wrote in the September 7, 2018 issue of The Friday Times that, “At one time, Peshawar was known by her monikers ‘City of Flowers’ and ‘City of Seven Colours’.

In a not-too-distant past, the arrival of spring was heralded by flower-sellers balancing large baskets of roses on their heads and walking through the labyrinthine streets of the old city and shouting ‘It is the spring of roses, come and get fresh roses’.” Flowers, including roses, were cultivated in the surrounding villages on the outskirts of the city.
The city’s name is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit name for ‘city of flowers,’ Poshapura, a name found in an ancient Kharosthi inscription that may refer to Peshawar.

According to researcher and writer Mohammed Ibrahim Zia, in his book Peshawar Maazi ke Dareechon Mein [Peshawar Through the Windows of the Past], during the Durrani rule in 1809, Scottish statesman and historian Monstuart Elphinston spent about four months in Peshawar. In his memoir Account of the Kingdom of Caubal, Elphinston describes fruit and flower gardens, springs and date trees in the northern areas of Peshawar, where dates couldn’t ripen because of the cold weather.

Zia also describes that when Zaheeruddin Babar invaded the Khyber Pass in 1505 and stayed in Peshawar in 1519, he saw people working in fields around the city that had trees and flowers.
Dr Noor ul Amin, professor of Landscape and Floriculture at the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, points out that the city is still home to several large gardens such as Wazir Bagh and Shahi Bagh from the Mughal era, and Cunningham Park (now known as Jinnah Park) and Company Bagh from the British era.

But in 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked Peshawar as the second-most polluted city across the globe. This revelation is borne out by readings from IQAir, a real-time air quality information platform. Emissions and fumes from vehicles are the main causes of air pollution in Peshawar. Numerous cars, motorbikes and rickshaws populate the city roads, along with heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and lorries, many of which run on diesel, or fuels of considerably lower quality.

Peshawar’s traffic police estimates that about 700,000 vehicles enter and exit the provincial metropolis on a daily basis, while 35,000 registered two-stroke and four-stroke auto-rickshaws ply the streets and add more pollution to the city.

Research on the emission of greenhouse gases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by Dr Asif Khan, a PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge, reveals that the emission of these gases is highest in the transport sector. His research for the Pakistan Forest Institute shows that the emission of greenhouse gases is the most in Peshawar, followed by Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan and Abbottabad.

In such a dire situation, one man has flown the green flag. Blaming Peshawar’s abrupt urbanisation, high-rise buildings, shopping plazas and markets for the city’s ever-increasing pollution, 70-year-old Misal Khan has pledged to make Peshawar a city of flowers again.
“Peshawar was once full of flowers and you could see them on roadsides, in gardens and homes,” he says. “We need more greenery in this city, but there seems to be no respite in this concrete jungle.”

Khan, who previously worked as director physical and health education at Hazar Khwani Government Higher Secondary School, spent over 20 lakh rupees in 2017 — including his gratuity — to establish a nursery at Gulbahar, a few metres away from the Grand Trunk or GT Road, the city’s main thoroughfare. After coining the slogan ‘Your Pot, My Plant’, he has distributed nearly 200,000 saplings of flowers and plants to people across the province, free of cost.

“Almost 100,000 plants were given to Peshawar’s Town-1, Town-2 and Town-3 on the request of the government in 2017,” he says. “Sadly, the government has ignored my requests for a maali [gardener] to assist me because I am growing old.”

A variety of plants and flowers, including some evergreen species as well as grape vines and pomegranate, guava and loquat saplings, are available at Khan’s nursery.

Khan recalls how he once complained to his father about people cutting trees near his home and his father had replied, “Don’t worry too much about trees being cut, instead plant two trees.”

Khan’s four daughters work for the government, while one son is a doctor and the other a businessman in Canada, who takes care of the family, leaving Khan at leisure to pursue his passion for plants.


He has named his nursery after Abdur Rahman Baba, the Pashto Sufi poet. Khan is also known as a ‘pir’ because of his passion for Rahman Baba’s poetry. He has put up a few posters in his nursery with Rahman Baba’s poetry on them.

Khan admits that he may not be able to make the entire city green but wants to do as much as he practically can. He has also published a few booklets on climate change to hand out to people, to create awareness about the importance of greenery for the environment.

Khan wants Peshawar’s residents to help him in his mission in giving the city flowers and greenery which will help fight pollution. “Neither the government, nor the people have any interest in cleaning up Peshawar’s environment,” says Khan a bit despondently. “They would rather wear a mask and inhale polluted air, but no one will make any effort to plant a tree or flowers for their own benefit.”

But Hastam Khan, whose family is associated with the nursery business for the last 35 years, believes that Peshawar still has the potential to grow good quality flowers and hence can revive its past glory of being a city of flowers. He is pleased that social media has created climate change awareness and that there are Facebook and WhatsApp groups through which young people purchase flowers and plants online.

“People should also be growing their own food,” he says. “Instead of growing fruit and vegetables, people have turned gardening into a luxurious hobby and prefer growing hybrid plants because importing originals is very expensive,” he says. “The government should look into developing new environment-friendly and affordable hybrid plants and trees.”

Having been witness to Peshawar’s beautiful floral past, the two Khans hold out hope that the government will yet help them establish nurseries at a district level across the province.

The writer is a Peshawar-based freelance journalist.
He tweets at @tariqullahyzi

Originally published in Dawn, EOS, August 1st, 2021
 

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President Arif Alvi inaugurates monsoon tree plantation


President Arif Alvi inaugurates monsoon tree plantation



ISLAMABAD - President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday urged the youth to play their dynamic role in the government’s ongoing massive Ten Billion Tree Tsunami campaign and reverse the degenerating effects of climate change.

Addressing a ceremony of monsoon tree plantation drive held here at the green area adjacent to Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the onus to keep the environment clean and green now vested with the young generations and expressed the confidence that they would carry this burden and secure the country’s future.

He stressed upon adoption of environment friendly habits at the country’s scenic and tourists’ spots by properly disposing trash and garbage.

On the occasion, the president along with Begum Samina Alvi also planted saplings of
pine (Pinus Roxburghii) under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programme. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, Special Assistant to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, a large number of citizens and young students also attended the ceremony.
 

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MULTAN - Chairman Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Ijaz Hussain Janjua said that 50,000 saplings would be planted in connection with monsoon tree-plantation drive.

Chairman PHA Ijaz Hussain Janjua expressed these views during visit to Shah Shamas park here on Saturday.

He said that they had also decided to mark Independence tree plantation drive during the month of August and going to launch mega tree-plantation drive from Aug 2 by planting trees at Cardiology institute. He said local trees along with other trees would also be planted. The Shah Shams park would be restored in better condition as uplift work to be completed soon there, he added.

Janjua said that steps were being to make the park beautiful along with its restoration.
 

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"Miyawaki Urban Forest"

Preparations in full swing for the inaugural ceremony of "Miyawaki Urban Forest" on 4th August, 2021. at Saggian , Lahore. by Prime Minister Imran Khan & CM Usman Buzdar.

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