Tree Free!

For the past two weeks, both Shahrah-e-Faisal and Karsaaz Road have seen their trees being chopped down by the city administration to ‘help them during rain and windstorms’. The change is particularly very obvious on the segment of SF which used to had the now-razed Sabzazar and Mela and the entire belt of Karsaaz opposite to the Naval establishment there. Without the trees, the two roads are looking khali khali.

Today’s Dawn has a report that talks about pruning of trees along SF. However, in most of the cases, I have seen trees being totally chopped off right from the ground and not just being pruned as is being reported. Granted that huge trees could be dangerous during windy and rainy seasons but is cutting them altogether a sensible action?

Of course, the wood thus obtained is a quick sell. You don’t throw it away. Just after the last heavy rain that Karachi witnessed, I had spotted a trawler full of main trunks of chopped down tree in Gulistan-e-Jauher. The consignment was being happily and swiftly ‘taken away’.

Karachi is already void of greenery and the more one travels outside Karachi (even in Pakistan), the more obvious this unfortunate fact becomes. The same reports puts the situation in perspective – some 6,000 trees have so far been cut down in Karachi on one pretext or another.

The next bitter installment of the sad story is that even if the majority of the Eucalyptus trees are problematic, we need new alternate plantation in parallel. While citizen need to do their part in their homes and adopted parks, plantation around the main arteries of the city needs an administrative effort.

3 Comments so far

  1. Balma (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

    I am sorry to bring this up in this thread, but my request for discussing this topic was ignored by people monitoring ‘suggest a story’ space.

    Folling is from The News, and is a very threatening development.

    Blasphemous writer gets life term
    By our correspondent


    The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), on Monday handed down a blasphemous writer a life term as well as other sentences, having found him guilty of the offence of defiling a copy of the Holy Quran, outraging religious feelings and propagating religious hatred among society.

    The ATC judge, Syed Saghir Hussain Zaidi sentenced Younus Sheikh to life imprisonment under section 295-B of the PPC, awarded 10 years in prison under section 295-A with a fine of Rs50,000, ordering that, in default, he shall have to suffer a further six-month term. The court also sentenced him to five years in prison under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) with a fine of Rs50,000.

    Sheikh was arrested by police in January 2005 for writing a book against the Islamic laws deviating from the teaching of Quran and Sunnah. The accused had negated the punishment of Rajam (Stoning to death in case of adultery) in his book and wrote contemptuous remarks against Imams of Fiqah.

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  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 28th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    What’s threatening development? the blasphemy by the author or the punishment?

  3. Balma (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    Life sentence for writing a book! that is the problem.

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