BARA: During the country’s biggest tree plantation drive, locals in the tribal district Khyber uprooted thousands of newly planted saplings, claiming that these have been planted on disputed lands.

Chaos ensued immediately after PTI lawmaker Iqbal Afridi and member of KP assembly Shafiq Afridi kicked of the campaign
in Manda Kas area of Bara sub-division as part of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami initiative being commemorated on the Tiger Force Day. The local residents of the area arrived at the site and uprooted the newly-planted trees.

As soon as the official plantation campaign ended, the local people came to the venue and uprooted all the plants. The local people said they were not taken into confidence over plantation campaign which tantamount to usurpation of their land. The participants of the protest said the land’s ownership is disputed between Sepah and Malikdinkhel tribes. They said the government should have taken permission from both the tribes before carrying out plantation on the land.

Local sources said all the protesters belonged to Sepah tribe who uprooted thousands of saplings from several acres land.
Some participants of the protest also made videos of the incident and people are making different kinds of comments. Most of the commentators are criticising the uprooting the plants in such a manner.
KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has taken notice of the incident and ordered action against the people involved in the incident. He said no one will be allowed to sabotage the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign of the government.
Earlier, the monsoon plantation campaign was carried out in Akakhel Farms in Bara Saturday.

Iqbal Afridi inaugurated the campaign by planting a sapling. A ceremony in this connection was organised at Akakhel Farms in Bara sub-division. The lawmaker from Khyber district said on the occasion that Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised release of Rs30 billion funds for Bara dam. He said establishment of Bara dam will bring thousands of acres of land in Bara and some areas of adjacent Peshawar under cultivation. He said the new cultivation will bring progress and prosperity in the region and help the province gain self-sufficiency in food supply, particularly the wheat production.

tice of the incident and ordered action against the people involved in the incident. He said no one will be allowed to sabotage the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign of the government.

Earlier, the monsoon plantation campaign was carried out in Akakhel Farms in Bara Saturday.

Iqbal Afridi inaugurated the campaign by planting a sapling. A ceremony in this connection was organised at Akakhel Farms in Bara sub-division. The lawmaker from Khyber district said on the occasion that Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised release of Rs30 billion funds for Bara dam. He said establishment of Bara dam will bring thousands of acres of land in Bara and some areas of adjacent Peshawar under cultivation. He said the new cultivation will bring progress and prosperity in the region and help the province gain self-sufficiency in food supply, particularly the wheat production.

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