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Lahore High Court pursues statistics on felled trees

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has asked to provide a report from the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) showing statistics of trees felled in the provincial metropolis.

Especially it asked to gather the report of those trees which are being cut in Orange Line Metro Train project, Gulberg signal free corridor and widening of Canal Road.

Andleeb Abbas, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader, filed a petition questioning the vast cutting down of trees and the government failure to implement environmental policy regarding forestation.

Advocate Sheraz Zaka argued during the hearing that Punjab Government had given an undertaking before the Supreme Court that 10 trees would be planted against each felled tree. He alleged the government did not fulfill its undertaking. According to him, fundamental rights of the citizens were at stake and Lahore city is becoming one of the most polluted cities in the world due to this torturous deforestation.

The lawyer raised the question that in 2015 the provincial government issued environmental policy that envisaged plantation of trees but this policy is never been undertaken before the apex court was materialized.

Justice Ayesha A Malik directed the PHA director general to submit a detailed reply on the matter by last week of February.