QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal said on Sunday that 1.2 million trees will be planted across the province this year.
Talking to media in Quetta, Kamal said that under a five-year tree plantation project, more than 250 million trees would be planted throughout the province.
He said that a new Forest Act will also be imposed soon to promote reforestation in the province. The chief minister urged the people to actively participate in the plantation campaign.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Plant for Pakistan campaign at Balloki near Sheikhupura and said that his government will undertake massive plantation schemes across Pakistan after retrieval of lands from the grabbers and convert them into forests.
He had said that there is an acute shortage of forests in Pakistan as the country is at the eighth number among the countries with forest covers in the world.
He expressed regret over the elimination of forests in Changa Manga, Mian Chunnu and Kundian by land grabbers and vowed to reclaim these lands and convert them into forests.
He said that pollution is aggravating in Pakistan and if solid measures are not taken on time, the next generation will suffer a lot due to excess of pollution.