Tree plantation was a must to protect the future generations as Pakistan was among the ten countries most vulnerable

Imran Khan said the tree plantation was a must to protect the future generations as Pakistan was among the ten countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

He linked the development of 10 cricket grounds along the water channel in the area with the youth’s involvement in the protection of plants, saying the plantation would be carried out on the grounds otherwise.

The plantation, he added, was essential for the country’s future and the cricket grounds for the youth’s health.

He said the tree plantation was the only solution to overcome the growing heat due to emission of greenhouse gases.

The prime minister regretted that said instead of enhancing the forest cover during last 70 years, the existing forests in Changa Manga, Kundian and Chichawatni vanished due to massive deforestation.

He said Lahore was facing immense smog owing to 70 percent reduction of green cover, which was highly dangerous for children and elders.

The threat would increase unless the nation collectively decided to reverse the wrongdoings of the past, he added.

Responding to Amin Aslam’s request for universal health coverage for the people of Attock, the prime minister said likewise Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whole of Punjab population would get health insurance of Rs 1 million by the end of current year.

Calling it a matter of pride, he said even the developed countries could not yet provide the universal health coverage as had been provided in the KP.

Before assuming premiership, he had dreamed to extend the health insurance facility for all the households in the country, he added.

The prime minister also agreed to the development of a technology zone in Kamra as he said the sector could easily create jobs.

Calling it a government’s policy, Imran Khan also endorsed Malik Amin’s demand for quota of jobs in ordnance industries in the area and supply of gas to the locals on priority.

Special Assistant to the PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, while speaking on the occasion, said the prime minister’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative was recognized globally.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s government in the KP had not only achieved the target of a billion trees but also saved Rs 8 billion of the project cost, he added.

Amin Aslam said accepting the Bonn Challenge, the government made plantation over 6.5 hectares going beyond the target of 3.5 hectares.

He said the government was also about to get the third party audit of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative.

One million trees would be planted across the 50 kilometer stretch of water channel., he added

The SAPM also thanked the prime minister for approving various development projects for Attock like a campus of Allama Iqbal Open University, a mother and childcare hospital, and gas supply to 35 villages.

Earlier, the prime minister unveiled the plaque of the project which would mark the plantation of around 1.143 million trees along the water channel of Ghazi Barotha Power Project.

It would cost Rs 147.1 million and take around 36 months to complete. The indigenous species, including Shisham, Bakain, Phulai, Siris and the fruit plants include guava, loquat, citrus and fig would be planted.

Moreover, 10 cricket grounds would also be developed in the area along the water channel.

SAPM Malik Amin Aslam briefed the prime minister on the projects and their significance for environmental conservation and promotion of sports.