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In photos: Bajaur residents battle climate change through 'Plant for Pakistan'

By Hanif Ullah

Forest officer Bajaur District Muhammad Ilyas plants a tree during 'Plant for Pakistan' on August 18. [Hanif Ullah] 

Schoolchildren plant a tree in Bajaur District during the 'Plant for Pakistan' campaign on August 18. [Hanif Ullah] 

A student in Bajaur District plants a tree on August 18. [Hanif Ullah]

Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud waters a newly planted tree on August 18. [Hanif Ulah] 

Bajaur residents plant trees on August 18. [Hanif Ullah] 

Students and teachers of a private school in Bajaur District plant a tree on August 18. [Hanif Ullah]

KHAR -- Bajaur residents on Wednesday (August 18) joined fellow citizens from across the country and participated in "Plant for Pakistan Day", a campaign aimed at battling the effects of climate change.

Planting as many trees as possible is the only way to stop the impact of climate change, Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud said during a ceremony inaugurating the event on August 18.

"By planting trees, we can make our district and country greener and safer," he said. "We will not face water shortages and will have a better life in the future if we plant more trees."

Deputy Commissioner Bajaur Usman Mehsud, other officials, tribal elders, and locals march to raise awareness for 'Plant for Pakistan Day' on August 18. [Hanif Ullah]

"Pakistan is among the top 10 countries affected by climate change," said Hayat Ali, a divisional forest officer in Bajaur District.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forest Department will distribute and plant 150,000 trees during this campaign, he added.

Islam encourages Muslims to plant more trees and planting a tree is a form of charity, said Mufti Noor Ul Haq, a religious scholar from Bajaur.

Such environmental activities have become possible only after the defeat of militancy and the establishment of peace in the tribal areas, say residents and officials.

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