Prime Minister Imran Khan today (Saturday) kicked off a countrywide ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ drive to tackle the challenges of swelling pollution and global warming with a resolve to inherit a cleaner Pakistan, even more than Europe.
He launched the action day of the ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ at Islamabad College for Girls by planting a sapling and sweeping the lawn of the college.
Holding the broom, Prime Minister also picked the garbage and disposed it off before washing hands to teach the youngsters the proper cleanliness methods.
Later, while addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister recalled the remarkable role played by the students for fund raising of Shaukat Khanum Hospital across the country and urged them to replicate the same dedication for this drive.
Prime minister said besides cleanliness, enhancement of the green cover was equally essential as Pakistan was seventh most affected country by the global warming.
Imran Khan said after successful completion of billion tree tsunami in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the government had launched a five-year 10 billion tree tsunami across the country.
He said the glaciers would be depleting fast if the world failed to tackle the challenge of global warming and the world become unlivable for the future generation.
Prime Minister hoped that after plantation of 10 billion trees, the weather pattern of the country would be changed altogether.
He expressed concerns over the polluted river in the country and swelling pollution to an alarming level in Lahore particularly in winter.
He said according to a study, excessive pollution shortens the life expectancy by average 11 years.
Prime minister said the cleanliness drive would not remain confined to posh areas but it would also cover the slums.
He reiterated his government’s plan to regularize and provide housing to the slum dwellers.
The drive also comprises the construction of landfill sites in all areas to ensure proper disposal of the garbage.
Advisor Malik Amin Aslam on the occasion said the drive would be funded by both the government as well as the donors.