CHITRAL: According to the vision of Prime minister Imran Khan, the government has launched the ‘Billion tree Sunami’ program and trees have been planted in good numbers.
No doubt on that, however, the preservation of existing trees has been grossly overlooked and the picture shows a graveyard of felled trees in the form of Timber at Nagar, Mirkhani in South Chitral.
The timber piled in the picture may have been felled after getting official permit, but the issuance of permits to massacre forests itself is questionable and against the spirit of the Billion trees Tsunami scheme.
With so many resources available today and technological advancements providing alternatives for the use of wood, the defiling of forests under any pretext is a condemnable act and should be stopped forthwith.
There should be complete ban on cutting trees and deforestation for the next fifty years and those people who would be affected financially because of this should be compensated adequately. If people cut forests it is not because they hate trees but because they consider it a source of income, so if the source of income is provided alternatively, the act of deforestation can be stopped effectively. .. CN report, 01 Sep 2019