Protest against illegal deforestation in Chitral

Protest against illegal deforestation in Chitral

PESHAWAR: Residents of district Chitral on Wednesday held a protest demonstration against the illegal deforestation in Chitral valley and asked the PTI government to take notice of the issue otherwise they would be compelled to launch a series of protest demonstration across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The demonstraters gathered at Sher Shah Suri Road opposite Cantonment Railway Station. Holding placards and banners inscribed with different slogans in favour of their demands.

Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, JI central leader and former member national assembly who was leading the annoyed demonstrators while talking to reporters criticized the PTI Government for excessive merciless cutting of forests in Chitral.

He alleged that government officials under a well-plane conspiracy had started for deforestation in Chitral, aimed to bestow certain blue-eyed. He said that incumbent provincial government started imposing the 'Indus Kohistan Policy' in district Chitral and allowed ruthless cutting of forests in tehsil Drowsh and tehsil Chitral.

He warned if the cutting of forests remained with the same pace, soon Arandu, Drowsh and Chitral tehsil will even have not the name of forest.

Despite the difference of Forest department, he said the imposition of Indus Policy in Chitral is open corruption and meant to bestow a group of certain blue-eyed of PTI. He also revealed that these blue-eyed persons of PTI hailing from district Chitral, Dir and Peshawar.

He said that under the Indus Policy One lakh cubic feet timber has been transported from Arandu to Barwal and thousands of cubic feet are laying in the godowns in Drowsh, while cutting is still continue, he added. He urged the government to take stern legal action against the timber mafia and confiscate the illegal timber and impose heavy fine upon the contractors, aimed to stop deforestation and save the future of the nation.

Abdul Akbar Chitrali said that PTI central chairman Imran Khan at one hand raise a slogan of billion trees tsunami while on the other hand his own party led government has started merciless cutting of forests in various parts of Chitral.

He urged Imran Khan to take notice of the ruthless cutting of forests in natural calamities hit district Chitral, expose the timber mafia under the cover of certain strong elements in the provincial government, and save the future of living creation.