Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, highlighting the significance of trees, on Monday said “trees are life” so every one of us should attach high priority to planting saplings all across the country.
On part of the Pakistan Army, he said 10 million saplings during the current monsoon would be planted across the country in coordination with civilian organisations at national and provincial levels like environment agencies, forest departments and agriculture departments. He said trees are life and plant trees to save life.
He was addressing the participants of the inauguration of nationwide tree plantation campaign – Sarsabz-o-Shadab Pakistan – at the Race Course Park, where a large number of officers and their families besides schoolchildren were invited to attend. He said, “We have gathered here for a national cause as the country was in dire need of having more and more trees to avoid looming dangers of deforestation.”
On the occasion, wife of the COAS Mrs Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief Patron of the nationwide tree plantation campaign said, “We all Pakistanis should come forward and play our role to ably take up the challenge of deforestation.”
Referring to the alarming stage of deforestation in the country, she said it is time when we must follow the approach of “now or never.” Pointing out the international data on deforestation, she said Pakistan was among the seven top countries. “Sincere efforts are need of the hour,” she said, adding we want to give our next generations a greener Pakistan and we will leave no stone unturned to achieve the set goals in this direction.
She suggested that each one of us should pledge that he or she will plant at least a sapling in every season of spring and monsoon. “We should arrange for planting a sapling at birthdays of every child and the plantation should be done personally by the parents or by the child himself.”
MRs Qamar Javed Bajwa said every Pakistani has to work shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces in making this tree plantation campaign a complete success. She said that the job would not be over after planting a sapling but we need to take care of them throughout till those attain age of self-reliance.
Earlier, a senior officer of 10 Corps gave a detailed briefing on the plantation campaign stating that the patches where forestation can be undertaken at mass level would be identified through satellite images. He apprised that they had already started work in the cantonment and garrison areas of the country. During the current season, he said that ten million saplings would be planted during the current monsoon and the plantation figures would enhance gradually with the passage of time. Besides the manual plantation, seeds of various species would be sprayed with helicopters in the rugged terrain or not reachable areas.
He said that comprehensive research work had already been carried out to identify the plant species according to the earth specifications and environment of each area in different tropical regions so that specific saplings be planted in the specific areas best suited to their vegetation, germination and environment. He apprised that on the day of inauguration, on Monday, two million saplings have been planted.
Earlier, COAS and Mrs Qamar Javed Bajwa along with a large number of officers and their families besides schoolchildren planted saplings in the park. Journalists, media persons and anchors, who were invited, also planted saplings to become part of the national campaign. – APP
Meanwhile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army on Monday simultaneously planted 2 million trees in a campaign named ‘Sarsabz-o-Shadab Pakistan.’
Director General (DG) of ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his wife initiated the National Tree Plantation Campaign, and appealed to all Pakistanis to participate in the drive. “Trees are life. Plant trees to save lives,” General Bajwa said in his message on the occasion.
The DG ISPR had earlier tweeted “…COAS will initiate simultaneous plantation of two million trees today across the country under army arrangements with planned target of 10 million trees during this monsoon.”
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which is expected to form the government in the centre with Imran Khan as prime minister, will also plant billions of trees to tackle the effects of climate change.
Malik Amin Aslam, who is tipped to become environment minister, said the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami programme would see trees planted nationwide, including in the four provincial capitals, according to Reuters. The PTI previously launched a vast tree-planting project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“Campaign is named ‘Sarsabz-o-Shadab Pakistan,” he had added.
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