Chop Chop Chop was on my way to office this morning when few trees were being chopped at service road side, coming from Nursery towards Union Bank building. It reminds me that over the period of 6 months Shahra-e-Faisal has seen its trees being chopped gradually. Teeth Maestro did a similar post (Earth Day, Karachi Style) earlier. Many roads that had trees on both sides or at least one side are now witnessing a tree cutting season in last few years. Old bungalows that had trees are replaced by buildings.
[image Credit: Noxious]

Pakistan is home to the largest number of NGOs in the world. I am not sure though how many NGOs work with regards to environment but sure there will be some especially when we see the issue of Global Warming becoming an important discussion point these days. The area (kachi abaadi) at the back of SF is illegally occupied. The service road is fast loosing its capacity to accommodate parking + space for people to drive. The rest is taken away by pushcarts, who unfortunately have no other option too. So i see all the trees disappearing in few years with SF looking like a Gunja Road & we shall look back at photo’s and wonder if the growth was worth it.

14 Comments so far

  1. Hossp (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    If a tree or some trees are traffic hurdle(s), they should be chopped. Trimming or removing a couple of trees to save some lives is much more important than nonsensical talk of environments.

  2. Kashif (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    Based on my experience, I can say for sure that 95% of these NGOs do not give a damn about environment, poverty alleviation and stuff. Most of them are setups by the elite to kill time and socialize. Some have hidden agendas and those who try to work usually don’t get funds.

  3. Adnan (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    you talk about grrenrey,trees,beauty and scenery but for many around us life is not a piece of cake,infact for many a piece of cake is the entire life like this:

  4. Kamil Saeed (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    Its very strange that in a country where people dont have food to eat,water to drink some people still talk about trees,green karachi,I think one should first try to achieve the basics of life and than go or talk about other things.

  5. MB (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm


    The trees being chopped were NOT a hurdle to any stone even. Not know the real reason but i guess it was due to the building under construction there.


    Its so sad that a country where bla bla bla . . . . Rauf Lala got 2 million prize for making people laugh in TGILC. And that Inzi gets millions after every match ETC.

    Does it makes sense to confuse important issues at each others priority’s sake ? If you read properly, i guess i have been the most advocate of all the basics you mentioned about.

  6. hira khan (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    get to know such stuff every day…this is Pakistan after all…you raised this issue and others started off with what they think should be given more attention…..Pakistaniizz…and who says we dont have enough….

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    GEO reporting tremors in II chundrigarh Rd,Bander Rd etc. Interesting thing that Mahakma-e-Mosmiat couldn’t record the intensity of shocks due to what?.. yes loadsheding! :-)

    p.s: Why the hell GEO keep calling them “Purasrar” Jhatkay? Jhatka is a Jhatka chahye kisi Zalzalay ka Ho ya “Kamar” ka :-). GEO just likes to create hype nothing else.

  8. zee (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    I agree with Adnan. GEO only likes to draw attention and viewership by airing bullshit!

  9. Neena (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    I wonder where are the so called most literate individuals when it’s about trees. Media should play their dues and highlight this issue as it affects everybody.

  10. Thanos (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    Energy should come first — if you have cheap, plentiful energy then most great ills are lessened. Then you can plant trees at your leisure.
    Where energy is used plentifully, poverty goes down, creativity goes up. Air, Water, and land are cleaner. So, when the elections come make sure the candidates and parties all spell out energy policy.

  11. Kashif (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    Supreme Court should take suo moto action on purasrar jhatkay.

    Anybody seen Tremors? What if those monsters were hibernating underneath IIC and recent “development” work woke them up?

  12. Pak_Stallion (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    “Pakistan is home to the largest number of NGOs in the world.” — Are you sure about this statement?

    By the way GREENPEACE is still not in Pakistan. But it is all over India, crap. Can someone please do something to bring GREENPEACE to Pakistan… Send them email at least…

  13. MB (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    From :

    “It is difficult to estimate to the number of NGOs in Pakistan. Only rough estimates are possible. In a publication of UNDP in 2001, number was suggested to be between 8,000 to 16,000. If non-registered NGOs are added to registered one, number of Pakistani NGOs could be anywhere between 25,000 to 35,000”

    Also :

  14. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    “Pakistan is home to the largest number of NGOs in the world…”

    is it a fact or just a guess?

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