BARA: The monsoon plantation campaign of the government in Khyber tribal district witnessed chaos on Sunday as an angry mob uprooted thousands of newly planted saplings, claiming that these have been planted on disputed lands.
Like other parts of KP, the Clean and Green campaign was also launched in Khyber district. In Manda Kas area of Bara sub-division, Member National Assembly Iqbal Afridi, Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Shafiq Afridi and Deputy Commissioner Mehmood Aslam inaugurated the campaign. The Agriculture Department officials and Tiger Force volunteers were also present on the occasion.
As soon as the official plantation campaign ended, the local people came to the venue and uprooted all the plants. The local people said they were not taken into confidence over plantation campaign which tantamount to usurpation of their land. The participants of the protest said the land’s ownership is disputed between Sepah and Malikdinkhel tribes. They said the government should have taken permission from both the tribes before carrying out plantation on the land.
Local sources said all the protesters belonged to Sepah tribe who uprooted thousands of saplings from several acres land.
Some participants of the protest also made videos of the incident and people are making different kinds of comments. Most of the commentators are criticising the uprooting the plants in such a manner.
KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has taken notice of the incident and ordered action against the people involved in the incident. He said no one will be allowed to sabotage the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign of the government.
Earlier, the monsoon plantation campaign was carried out in Akakhel Farms in Bara Saturday.
Iqbal Afridi inaugurated the campaign by planting a sapling. A ceremony in this connection was organised at Akakhel Farms in Bara sub-division. The lawmaker from Khyber district said on the occasion that Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised release of Rs30 billion funds for Bara dam. He said establishment of Bara dam will bring thousands of acres of land in Bara and some areas of adjacent Peshawar under cultivation. He said the new cultivation will bring progress and prosperity in the region and help the province gain self-sufficiency in food supply, particularly the wheat production.