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      April 17, 2013


Timber Mafia in Chitral


This refers to the press conference of Mr. Ahasan in Chitral Press Club in which the honorable and patriotic citizen cited about deforestation in Chitral. Whatever facts he disclosed are ground realities and timber mafia has started ruthless cutting of greeen deodar in the forest of Shishi Koh and other forest areas (detail presented by Ahsan in the press conference). Mr. Ahasan belongs to Shishikoh valley where this green cutting is in progress and he is eye witness of the whole situation. Before his press conference Mr. Rehmat Ali Jaffardost also highlighted this gigantic issue in his various letters to newspapers and websites. But who will listen these grievances of people is the big question. In Pakistan neither district government nor provincial government take notice of any issue and it is very dangerous situation through which we are passing this time.

There is a big forest department with hierarchy start from Chief Conservator to forest guard to lower rank, and these staff are getting millions of rupees from exchequer as salary of this poor country taxpayer, but all of them do not take notice of any news items or public demand which directly hit their department. It is not fiction but fact and we are eye witness of the situation that before our eyes green cutting are taking place in various forest areas of Chitral in the garb of windfall collection and marking, and many environmental activist like Jaffardost and Ahsan trying to bring the issue into the notice of department but all departmental heads are giving deaf ear to the issue. We have nothing to say in this era of deaf and dumb officials but only request to the people of the respective villages and valleys to come out against timber mafia and stop them from green cutting with public force, because entire department are supporting timber mafia and only public could have the chance of protecting their green gold from the clutches of timber mafia like the courageous people of Ayun.

Nasir Mehmood,
Village  Drosh Chitral


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