PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of National Youth Assembly Pakistan (NYA) on Thursday organised a drive titled “Go Green Youth” to plant about 400 saplings at green belt in front of University of Peshawar on University Road in the provincial capital.
A large number of students, both male and female, from various educational institutions participated.
Ahsan Hamid Durrani, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa youth governor of NYA, while talking to this scribe, said in Go Green Youth plantation drive they had planted almost 400 saplings of various types of trees including fruits plants.
He added that they had bought these plants from their own pocket money and Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) would provide assistance to them in watering, adding that the department would give water to these saplings for at least one week.
To a quarry he said that there were various departments to take care of such plants in the city, adding that they had just organised the drive to raise awareness and aimed to attract youngsters for such noble cause.
He said that whether deforestation continued with such ratio in the country then up-to 2050 there would be no tree in Pakistan.
He hoped that PDA would take initiatives regarding the protection of the saplings, adding that ‘government provided millions of rupees to the department for the safeguarding of trees and plants in the city and the authorities were responsible to take measures for the protection of them’.
He mentioned that NYA had also organised tree plantation campaigns in Islamabad and Punjab province and would continue their efforts to make a green Pakistan.
Shagufta Mushtaq, student of Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar, said that due to deforestation in the country and especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) the pollution had been increased, adding that only trees and forest could control the massive pollution and that was why she participated in the drive.
She mentioned that youth could play a key role in the development of a society if they were guided properly.
She said that because of the rapid construction of buildings and shopping malls in the country people destroyed forests and greenery, keeping all this in mind, she had decided to fight against it through tree plantation campaign in the city.
She said that in Pushtun society mostly females were not allowed to participate in such fruitful events but those who could not go out of their homes they should planted trees, flowers and other fruit plants inside their houses.
Alina Ali Shah, another student of KMC said that last year on environmental day she along with her fellows took participation in tree plantation campaign across the city and each student had adopted a plant and promised that they would take care of their plant.
She expressed that she had a desire for green Peshawar, adding that whether youth of the city joined hands together then once again the City would be called ‘the city of flowers’.