PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Khan Hoti Thursday launched Spring Tree Plantation Campaign with planting a sapling in the lawn in the Chief Minister’s House.

Those present on the occasion were included Provincial Minister for Environment, Wajid Ali Khan, Secretary Environment, Mohammad Adil Khan, Special Secretary, Syed Kamran Shah, Chief Conservator, Gul Mohammad and other officers of the department concerned.

Talking on the occasion, he said environmental pollution has become biggest threat to human life, whose prevention is only in maximum plantation.

The chief minister said the government is making efforts for fulfilling this national responsibility. He said that due to the results of the efforts of the provincial government the forest covered area in the province had enhanced from 17 per cent to 20.3 per cent.

The officials of the department on this occasion briefed the chief minister of the positive results of plantation campaigns. The chief minister was told that 60 million saplings have been sown in the province.

The chief minister said trees are beauty of the land, which bear pleasant impacts on both environment and human life. He said maximum plantation is national obligation and urged all segments of society to play their due role in this collective responsibility. He said that the coming generations should be transferred a clean and pollution free environment.

He said the provincial government during its five-year tenure had planted 58 million saplings and the forest-covered area had increased from 17 per cent to 20.3 per cent during its period.

Rs10m approved for Malakand graveyards walls

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance, Mohammad Humayun Khan Thursday approved Rs. 10 million for the construction of boundary walls around the Mian Sultan Baba, Chinar Kotu, Julgram and Khar graveyards and directed the communication and works department to start the work on the project.

He issued the directives in a meeting with the officials of the concerned departments at Batkhela.

Executive Engineer, Jamil Khan and local elders were present on the occasion.

The minister directed the works department to initiate the work on the boundary walls without any delay to save the graveyards from encroachments and intrusion of cattle. He also stressed the officials to ensure the usage of quality material in the project.

He said that an handsome amount has been spend on the expansion of graveyards in various union councils and construction work on certain sites has been underway that would be completed within two months.

Humayun urged party workers to point out the core issues confronted by the general public and said that it is need of the hour that they should forge unity among their ranks against the propaganda created by certain elements to fulfil their objectives.