Lets Move to Protect Chitral
Chitral had been rich resort of foreign and domestic tourists due
to its greenery and unique indigenous culture. Large number of
tourists visits this green belt of KPK even from foreign countries
and contributes too much to local economy and also provides
employment opportunities to local youth in tourism industry.
Besides all these positive indicators recently self-interested
group and timber mafia have created havoc with the green gold of
Chitral in order to enrich themselves at the cost of whole
population. If corrective measures are not taken well in time to
control deforestation whole of Chitral will be converted into
barren land within no time and whole infrastructure of tourism
industry will demolish in the area. Deforestation also poses
serious threat to wildlife especially Snow leopard and Markhore
which have sole habitation in Chitral. Following immediate steps
are to be taken by concern authorities to ensure dream of clean and
green Chitral as well as to restore natural beauty of this peaceful
1. Marking and artificial harvesting should be
banned with immediate effect.
2. Movement of timber from outside district
should be controlled and properly banned.
3. In common practice local community acquire
permit for their domestic use but timber mafia supply quadruple of
the permit with the support of forest department official this
trend should be controlled.
4. There should be proper plantation system in
Chitral and local community may be involved in the whole process of
plantation and after caring of the new plants.
5. Recently public uprising is also visible in
various parts of Chitral against marking and artificial harvesting
because in the garb of wind fall, dry standing green trees are
observed to be harvested in the forest of Chitral by forest
contractors involved in the process of marking. This trend should
be investigated and controlled with immediate effect.
6. District Administration is also having
consultation with local community to soften their grievances
against marking so that mass movement could be averted in the
district which also poses serious administrative problems when
whole of the people will come out from their home against marking.
7. Local community especially youth community,
teachers, students and other patriotic people are requested to
raise their voice against this menace of deforestation and marking
which is disfiguring natural beauty of Chitral.
8. President of Pakistan, Prime Minister of
Pakistan, and opposition leader in the National Assemble, Chief
Minister KPK and Governor KPK are requested to save beauty of
Chitral by controlling marking and artificial harvesting in
9. International community and environmental
protection organization are also requested to save Natural beauty
of Chitral by raising their voice against marking and deforestation
Rehmat Ali Jaffar Dost
Environmental activist Chitral