Margalla Hills to get first ever Leopard reserve soon: Amin

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Staff Reporter

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Friday said that the country’s first ever Asian Leopard reserve was going to announced soon in Margalla Hills National Park.

Addressing the Monsoon plantation under the Clean Green Pakistan organised by Pak Steel here at Pak Farid Park, the SAPM said the protected area has become the permanent new habitat of the wild cats that earlier used to descend to the National Park during winter seasons and would return to higher altitude in summers.

Amin said a proper mechanism would be devised for controlled and safe mobility into the Leopard Reserve through information guides and staff to avoid any human wildlife conflict.

The SAPM planted a pine tree sapling in the Park along with Pak Steel officials to inaugurate the plantation where some 300 saplings were planted during the day-long plantation activity.

“Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation project of the Prime Minister is not only a gift rather the dire need of the country to avert drastic impacts of environmental degradation,” he said.

Italian Ambassador Andereas Ferraris also congratulated the SAPM for successfully executing the Prime Minister’s tremendous Clean Green Pakistan and Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Plantation project.

He said, “I am strong supporter of public private partnership and deeper friendly ties between Italy and Pakistan.”

Mr Ferraris added that he was working to enhance broader collaboration between public and private sector of both the friendly countries where the latter was very forthcoming and proactive in terms of sinking partnership.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director Pak Steel Mian Aslam Farid said that the Park was a great philanthropic endeavour undertook by his corporation as a gift to the metropolis.

“It’s our encouragement that the SAPM participated in our plantation activity and lauded our efforts. We will further expand this endeavour across the Capital to make it more greener and scenic for its dwellers,” he added.

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