APP52-05 LAHORE: September 05 - Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar offering dua after sapling a plant at CM Office under the campaign of Plant for Pakistan. APP

LAHORE, Sep 05 (APP):Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday planted a sapling at Chief Minister’s office under Plant for Pakistan campaign.
Minister for Forest Muhammad Sabtain Khan was also present on the occasion. The chief minister and forest minister prayed for success of the campaign after planting the sapling. Secretary forest and others were also present on the occasion.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said trees were bright future of the country and this drive would be made a success in the province. Under this drive, ten billion saplings would be planted across the country during the next five years and Punjab province would play a leading role in this campaign.
He said green Pakistan was a harbinger of national prosperity, adding, “We have to transfer a beautiful and green Pakistan to our next generations.”
He appealed to the people to actively participate in Plant for Pakistan campaign and added that effective monitoring of the campaign would be conducted and the best performing departments would be encouraged.
The forest department had a leading role in this campaign and this department and all the horticulture authorities should proactively perform in this campaign and work to achieve their targets, he added.
The chief minister commended Provincial Minister Muhammad Sabtain Khan and his department for taking active part and moving forward successfully.
He said trees were a great bounty for the living creatures and it was imperative to create affection towards them in the people. “Trees also beautify the environment and help to lessen the environmental degradation. Sufficient increase in the area of forest is a governmental priority and a strategy is being devised by the Punjab government to increase the area of forests,” concluded the chief minister.