Pakistan’s first-ever Asian Leopard reserve to be set up in Margalla hills

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ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam announced on Friday that the country’s first ever Asian Leopard reserve will be announced soon in Margalla Hills National Park.

He revealed it while addressing a ceremony related to the Monsoon plantation under Clean Green Pakistan at Pak Farid Park.

Amin said that 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 a higher altitude in summers, state-run news agency reported.

He said that a suitable strategy will be chalked out for controlled and safe mobility into the Leopard Reserve through information guides and staff to avoid any human-wildlife conflict.

On the occasion, the PM’s aide also planted a pine tree sapling in the Park to inaugurate the plantation drive.

He said, “The Pak Farid Park is one of the only public-private partnership initiatives being materialized to protect the environment. It is being developed on the Capital Development Authority (CDA) land and is well maintained.” Amin noted that it was the only Park that remained opened and available to the public for recreation throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.

“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.

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