KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiuqi on Wednesday said tree plantation is the need hour as trees, parks and healthy environment are not only vital for citizens of Karachi but also important for city.
The he said while talking media persons during launching ceremony of “Shajar-e-Aman” campaign at Hill Park Karachi. DG Parks and Horticulture Niaz Soomro, CEO Aman Foundation Malik Ahmed Jalal and Aman Foundation volunteers participated in the ceremony.
Pakistan’s largest private foundation, the Aman Foundation launched Shajar-e-Aman, its tree plantation campaign for a greener Karachi with a ceremony held at Karachi’s Hill Park. The DG Parks and Horticulture Niaz Soomro inaugurated Aman’s tree plantation drive where 2,000 trees were planted by Aman members and invited guests in the barren portions of park.
Shoaib Siddiqui said “I commend Aman Foundation’s launching of the “Shajar-e-Aman” campaign today and fully support them in this noble endeavour, as we have done today here at Hill Park. He said trees, parks and a healthy environment are critical to the well-being of our city.
He said healthy environment benefits our people by removing pollution in the atmosphere, and creating a happier and healthier citizenry. He said KMC park department staff will take care of the long term maintenance of the trees planted here.
Malik Ahmad Jalal, Aman Foundation’s CEO, speaking at the tree planting ceremony said: “Aman Foundation sprang immediately into action during the heat wave with Ramadan Tents at six locations that distributed 95,150 water bottles, 89,400 iftaar meals, and treated 1,983 patients. However, a long term solution requires increasing plantation cover of Karachi to combat the effects of a future heat-wave. Shajar-e-Aman, our tree plantation campaign, aims to protect and create awareness for our environment as a key aspect of our mission of transforming lives in Pakistan.
In total over 400 volunteers attended the ceremony and planted trees at Hill Park including Aman Foundation employees, AmanTech students, municipal representatives, celebritiesand partners Nestle and Subh-e-Nau.
The more prominent participants included celebrated cricketers Younus Khan and Anwar Ali, filmmaker Nabeel Qureshi, actress Anoushey Ashraf, and celebrity chef and environmentalist Tofiq Pasha Mooraj.