Avatar Osman Danish 24 February 2021
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has issued a notice to the power secretary on the compulsion to burn wood for fuel in hilly areas.
According to details, the Peshawar High Court today heard petitions filed by the timber mafia against deforestation in the northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in which the Chief Justice reprimanded the forest department for protecting the forest or Ending it.
The forest secretary told the court that the forest department was protecting the forest and new trees were being planted. Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan remarked, “Of course you plant new trees, it is a good thing, but also protect the centuries-old trees. Forests are the trust of our future and ensure their protection.”
The Chief Justice said that activities have also been started in the tourist destinations of Malam Jabba, Gabin Jabba and Kamrat which may cause damage to the forests there. Activate the tourist places but do not destroy the forests there.
The Forest Secretary told the court that people burn wood in winter in mountainous areas, for which the Forest Department is giving free poplar trees to the people there, which people cultivate in their fields and then use these trees as fuel Used for burning, so the forests there are safe.
The Chief Conservator present in the court said that if alternative fuel was provided to the people of these areas, it would make the forests safer, on which the court issued notice to the Secretary Power and Energy and summoned them for the next hearing.
The Chief Justice directed the Secretary Forests and the Chief Conservator of Forests to do their part for the protection of trees and the improvement of forests.
The court directed the Secretary Forests and Chief Conservator to personally visit Malam Jabba and Gabin Jabba to see the situation there and submit a detailed report and adjourned the hearing till March 30.