PM Imran waters first plant of 10 billion trees project

Published: September 2, 2018
PM Imran Khan says Pakistan seventh worst affected country by global warming. PHOTO: PID

PM Imran Khan says Pakistan seventh worst affected country by global warming. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched “Plant for Pakistan”, an afforestation drive in the country, by planting a sapling in Haripur district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Sunday.

K-P Chief Minister Mahmood Khan received the PM and accompanied him to Haripur during the launching of the campaign.
Talking to media at the occasion, the prime minister said that their target is to plant 10 billion trees in five years of their tenure to make the country green.

He said the aim is to beat the threat of global warming and climate change. “Pakistan is seventh on the list of those countries which will be affected by global warming… this is a war for the survival of our future generations,” he said while talking about the aim of the trees plantation drive.


Initially started at 200 points in the cities, PM Imran said that the campaign will be carried out in all cities across the country.
“This is the beginning. Our target is to plant 10 billion trees in the whole country and this campaign will continue for 5 years. We had planted 1.18 billion trees in K-P and now we are starting plantation in the rest of the country,” he said.

In their countrywide mission the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will plant trees on government lands and by the roadsides wherever they find space for plantation in addition to planting trees in the forests.

“To increase the importance of plantation and cleanliness among children from the beginning we are including this subject in schools,” PM Imran said.

‘Plant for Pakistan’ campaign kicks off across the country

No one was concerned about the deforestation, Imran observed.

Forests were destroyed in Punjab and K-P and before PTI government timbers worth of Rs200 billion were chopped off illegally, he added.

He said that PTI government in K-P had planted 1.18 billion trees in last five years of their tenure and now they have the target of 10 billion across the country.

Imran urged that it is not only the responsibility of government or of an individual but it is the responsibility of every citizen to take part in the campaign and contribute to make this country green otherwise the land would convert into desert owing to melting glaciers.

Meanwhile the district administration of Peshawar along with other government departments planted 231,000 saplings in the provincial capital of K-P under “Green Peshawar” campaign.
Schools students along with 1,500 scouts and government officials also took part.
The Rescue 1122, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Frontier College for Women, University of Peshawar, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and various schools across the city planted saplings to participate in the campaign.
School students despite their holiday came to schools to add their part in the plantation drive.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Komal s
    Sep 2, 2018 - 9:56PM

    Assuming each tree occupies 100 sq ft in 10 yrs, these tree will occupy 1000 billion sq ft = 100 billion sq m = 100000 sq km of forest area, which is 1/8th of Pakistani landmass. That is amazing goal. Even if 50% of these trees survive it is huge. Recommend

  • Luciferous
    Sep 3, 2018 - 12:27AM

    Planting ceremonial trees, cutting ribbons, inaugurating previously inaugurated road projects; low level bureaucracy will keep Kaptan happily occupied for next 5 years.
    At the end of his term he may wakeup from the dream and ask himself “what happened?”
    Might be too late by then. He will have to start another “100 day” hare-brained plan.

  • Falcon
    Sep 3, 2018 - 4:50AM

    If nothing else, if this initiative succeeds, Imran shall be forever remembered in the decades to come as the most foresighted person ever to lead Pakistan. One cannot underscore the importance of this drive. Only the future generations will realize the benefits and shall be forever thankful.His actions are contrary to most politicians who only look forward to the next elections.Recommend

  • Munaf
    Sep 3, 2018 - 9:29AM

    so 10 billion plants…. is there anyone will check what kind of plants are going to be plant? there is any or nothing the jews protecting plant? this should be check and monitor. i am not saying if it happened it will be an intention of imran and/or pti but can happen because of no. of trees and who will check all trees? please govt. should be careful enough because, to blame the govt., this can be done by someone else intentionally.


  • Omer
    Sep 3, 2018 - 3:00PM


    Certainly plants/trees are only source for producing oxygen and we need plants in our environment. Can any Einstein tell me we don’t have water to drink from where will you bring water to grow these plants.

    keep in mind plants take more water than humans this the source of their feed. First do something for your survival then for plants.


  • Chamar chaprasi
    Sep 4, 2018 - 7:03AM

    Don’t lead public to cloud cuckoo land trees are for monkeys and they copy the country will go under whilst everybody is planting trees instead of running it.Recommend

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