Coordinated efforts required to cope environmental pollution challenges: Mayor

Pakistan only focus on its own interests: Afridi

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Tuesday said Pakistan does not need to pay attention to what the world is saying and only focus on its own interests.
Speaking to the media in Islamabad, he said, “We sacrificed lives in the War on Terror and its results should come forward. Every nation and its leader has the right to express their views.”
“We have to assure the world and humanity that our sacrifices will not go to waste. We do not need to pay attention to what the world is saying and should only focus on our own interests,” he added.
The minister ‘s comments come a day after US President Donald Trump took to Twitter and alleged that Pakistan was one of the many countries that took from the United States without giving anything in return.
Following Trump’s tweet, Prime Minister Imran Khan fired back and said the US president’s “false assertions add insult to injury Pakistan has suffered in the US War on Terror”. “Pakistan has suffered enough fighting US’s war. Now we will do what is best for our people and our interests,” the prime minister said on Monday.
Meanwile, Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz Tuesday said coordinated efforts are required to cope with the challenges of environmental pollution so that clean and environment friendly country could be transmitted to our next generation.
He expressed these views after planting a tree sapling at Lake view Park.
On this occasion, Pakistani and foreign players of Islamabad United, two time winner of Pakistan Super League, also voluntarily planted saplings at the Lakeview Park. Minister of State for Interior, Shaheryar Afridi was the chief guest of the ceremony.
Aziz said Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) has introduced innovation in traditional ways of tree plantation and engaged / involved private sector, which has brought encouraging results.
He said on interior ministry directions, technical assistance and support was provided to the players of Islamabad United for plantation of trees.
Lauding the participation of the players of Islamabad United, the mayor said general public particularly children follow the players a lot therefore tree planting is learning opportunity to get children involved in the environment and conservation of our natural resources.
He said that the MCI has devised a comprehensive strategy to evolve tree plantation drives in rural areas of city so that Islamabad could be made more green.
Aziz directed to take necessary steps for ensuring proper growth of the planted sapling.

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