“Plant for Pakistan” Campaign: Hundreds of Tharis plant saplings to combat desertification

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Hundreds of Tharis on Sunday jointly planted thousands of saplings to celebrate “Plant for Pakistan” campaign and to combat desertification with an objective to make Thar greener and prosperous.

The Thar Million Tree Initiative summed up a total number of planted trees to 300,000 against the target of one million trees by end of next year. The campaign was organized by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) where hundreds of participants from different walks of life planted thousands of trees.

A ceremony was also held to highlight significance of the Thar Million Thar Initiative of SECMC and to celebrate “Plant for Pakistan” campaign where representatives from local community, Engro Powergen Thar Ltd, Thar Foundation, Pakistan Army, Thar Foundation Primary Schools, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and others participated with a pledge to plant and take care of trees at their homes, schools and work places.

Speaking on the occasion, Fatima Khalid of SECMC said, “We’ve attained the milestone of planting 300,000 trees with local species and taking great care in this challenging region of Thar.” Commanding Officer of 62 FD Regiment, Colonel Anwaar, stated his support for the plantation drive: “We are fully supporting SECMC and all other endeavors to make Pakistan green and all our officers and jawans are contributing their part.”

A local villager, Haider Dars, said that drought-hit regions like Thar required extra attention, and planting trees was the only way to combat desertification and droughts in Thar. Nabu Bux Dars was of the view that planting 300,000 saplings in Thar was not less than a miracle due to its dry climate and extreme conditions.

Dost Muhammad Halepoto of Thahryo Halepoto added that taking care of those trees was very important. Chandar Kumar of Thar Foundation Primary School emphasized that we should plant saplings not only at homes but at our schools and work places too to make Pakistan green.

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