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Dollar worshippers shed blood of innocent Pakhtuns: Imran

10 February, 2014

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that the worshippers of dollars shed the blood of the innocent Pakhtuns.

While addressing the launching ceremony of the "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Green Growth Initiative" at the Forest Institute here on Sunday, Khan noted that the rulers sold the country to earn dollars. "Still people like Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq exist in the society who sold the blood of Pakistani people, especially of KP, to mint dollars," he added.

Announcing a crusade against the timber mafia and land grabbers, PTI chief Imran Khan vowed to bring about a green revolution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and make it a pollution-free province.

"The Land and timber mafia are most dangerous for the country as those involved in illegal forest cutting and 'qabza' on public parks are snatching from the people the right of living in a clean environment," he remarked.

The PTI chief said that environmental pollution had become a serious issue due to ruthless cutting of trees, grabbing of public parks' land and water pollution and 250,000 children die annually in Pakistan of waterborne diseases alone.

However, he said the PTI had initiated a comprehensive plan, which included increase in forest cover, establishing more public and national parks, protecting water resources from pollution, setting up small hydel power stations and introducing renewable energy use.

"The programme would be started from Peshawar to restore past glory of the city of gardens," he said adding that a special park would be established for women and all the public parks would be cleared of land grabbers.

Reiterating the pledge to open Governor's and Chief Minister's Houses as well as commissioner's houses for the public, he said the Frontier Corps (FC) would be asked to shift its headquarters to Hayatabad where land had already been allotted to the force and vacate the Balahisar Fort.

Not only the Balahisar Fort would be opened for the public, but all government rest houses would be commercialised. "There are 32 government rest houses in Galiyat alone, which are contributing no income to the exchequer," he informed.

The PTI government plans to increase the number of national parks in the province and such parks would be checked through 'goggle' to prevent forest cutting and land grabbing, he added.

Urging the youth to support the PTI initiatives, he said developing parks would create more job opportunities. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak termed the 'Green Growth Initiative' a great achievement of the PTI and said it would be a rolemodel for other provinces. He said it would ensure clean and healthy environment to the residents. He said the PTI government believed in real service of the masses and people would observe change in their life soon.

He vowed not to spare any effort to achieve the main objectives of the plan i.e. increasing forest cover, protecting the environment and reliance on renewable energy. Earlier, in his briefing on the programme, Malik Amin Aslam, chairman Green Growth Task Force, said the plan included a 'Billion Tsunami Afforestation' which would be increased to two billion in the five years, forest cover would be doubled to increase it to 22pc area of the province, which is 33pc of the forest area in Pakistan, forest density would be raised to 30pc from 20pc and ultimately to 40pc, Youth Nurseries Project would be launched besides Green Jobs and urban forestry.

Public and National Parks area would be enhanced to 12pc by 2015 and Safari parks would be established in all districts while reliance on renewable energy would be increased to 80pc by 2018 and carbon management units would be set up besides 356 community micro hydel power stations of 35MW, he added.

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