A video recently surfaced on social media showing scores of trees being cut outside of Bilawal House. As per reports, the Neem trees are cut down by men claiming to be from the District Municipal Corporation (DMC).
The video was shot by PTI MPA Khurram Sher Zaman who then uploaded it on Twitter. In the video, the PTI MPA is standing in front of Bilawal House. He explains that men are cutting down trees to sell the wood.
Khurram Sher Zaman highlighted the fact that PM Khan is planting trees through his Billion Tree Tsunami initiative, while on the other hand, trees are cut down in front of Bilawal Bhutto’s territory.
PM Khan’s Billion Tree Tsunami Project encourages green growth within the country. Initially launched in 2014 by the KP government, the project aims to improve and protect the ecosystems of classified forests.
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With the billion trees goal reached, PM Khan’s government is currently on its way to plant a further 10 billion trees in the next five years.
Khurram Sher Zaman lamented during his video that PPP leaders are taking credit for encouraging plantation. However, some people are brazenly cutting trees in front of top PPP leaders’ residences.
“It is an unfortunate act that trees are being cut down,” he said adding that several trees were chopped off in front of the Bilawal House.
کراچی میں بلاول ہاؤس کے بلمقابل درخت کاٹنے کا سلسلہ جاری
پی ٹی آئی رہنماء خرم شیر زمان کا مقامی علاقے کا دورہ
خرم شیر زمان نے ویڈیو جاری کردی،
بلاول ہاؤس کے سامنے ڈی ایم سی انتظامیہ درخت کاٹ رہی ہے، خرم شیر زمان
ایک جانب عمران خان درخت لگارہے ہیں، @KhurumSherZaman pic.twitter.com/sT5pMMtCkr
— PTI NA-247 CBC PS-109 PS-110 PS-111 (@BHpti247) July 11, 2021
Karachi Urban Forest project by PPP
Last year, PPP inaugurated its very own Karachi Urban Forest project. According to the project, an urban forest will be planted along both sides of the Lyari Expressway. The Lyari Expressway begins from Mauripur road to conclude at Sohrab Goth.
In the first phase of the urban forest 10,000 saplings of Chikoo (Sapota or Sapodilla plum), Neem, Sheesham, Sumbal, and Babul (acacia) will be planted along the Lyari River.
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In this regard, Khurram Sher Zaman revealed in the video that PPP promised 50 lac trees. However, a cattle market was recently established on the site reserved for PPP’s forest project.
He further urges all political groups to join hands in the plantation drive for the future generations of the country.
As per recent media reports, the police registered an FIR after Khurram Sher Zaman’s complaint.
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