HARIPUR/Peshawar - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan accused that forest department’s officials are involved in timber smuggling.

After announcing Plantation Campaign during his visit here Saturday, the PTI chief announced that one billion plants would be disseminated in this campaign. He further claimed that trees having worth of Rs100 billion have been cut off so far and forest dept’s officials are involved in the illegal activities as well, adding that the PTI is announcing Jihad against timber smugglers.

He further said that students would be engaged in the Plantation Campaign and nurseries with the help of locals would be developed to create employment opportunities.

“The PTI would try to promote greenery in the province as KP constitutes 20 percent forest of the country,’’ he reiterated.

Imran Khan formally inaugurated the tree plantation campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by planting a sapling here.

Talking to media, he said that the timber mafia has caused a loss of one hundred billion rupees to the KP government. He said the timber mafia was planning to cut timber of another Rs200 billion but the PTI government took immediate notice and stopped the illegal practice. He said he himself and the Minister for Forests would take action against the mafia. For this purpose, necessary amendments would be made in the law as the present one has less punishment, he added.

The PTI chief said the provincial government would plant one billion plants in the next five years to make the province green.

He said that volunteers would be appointed for the protection of forests and pointed out that 20 per cent of the country’s forests are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and their area would be increased. He said for this purpose, they have associated school children and everyone would plant at least one sapling.

He said that nurseries would be set up at village level and in mountainous regions, providing 0.5 million job opportunities. He said they have decided to leave a prosperous and green Pakistan for the coming generations.

Imran Khan pointed out that only four per cent of Pakistan is covered with forests while it should be at least 35 per cent, and as a result, the country is being turned into a desert. He appealed other provinces to start similar campaigns.




Insaf Doctors Forum (IDF), an affiliated body of the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, has demanded the party central Chairman Imran Khan to take notice of the pathetic condition of health sector, alleging corruption and violation of merit are ruling the roost in appointments process in the department.

Addressing a news conference at press club in Peshawar on Saturday, the IDF KP President Dr Nasir Afridi said that patients were suffering due to poor healthcare services and lack of facilities at major teaching hospitals and tertiary health units across the province.  He alleged that merit was completely ignored in appointments against senior positions in health sector. He said that corruption is at peak, as medicines are not available for poor patients at major healthcare facilities.

Accompanied by IDF General Secretary Dr Kamran, Secretary Information Dr Jawad, and Vice President Dr Noor Habib, Afridi said that they met PTI Chairman Imran Khan two weeks ago and informed him about the situation and ground reality in health sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said that Imran Khan issued directives to provincial government for revival and reforms in health sector in presence of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health Shahram Tarakai but no step was taken in this regard so far. Similarly, the IDF office-bearers were also not taken into confidence regarding health initiatives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which was a great injustice with the doctors’ body affiliated with PTI in KP.  

He said that the reports regarding KP health sector presented to party central chairman was totally contrary to the ground realities and factual situation in the province.

 “We demands to ensure merit in appointments in health sector and ensure provision of facilities to poor patients,” he added.