SHC seeks report on deforestation

September 1, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed forest secretary to file a comprehensive and detailed report about deforestation in the Sindh province.

The direction came on a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hasan, secretary general of the United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, who moved the court against deforestation.

Two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar also directed SHC member inspection team (MIT) to summon reports from district and sessions judges on the deforestation in their districts.

The petitioner submitted that influential persons in collusion with provincial authorities had encroached vast forest lands in different districts of the province. He said that forests in the province were spread over 600,000 acres in 1980 and now they were reduced to a few thousands.

He prayed to court to direct the provincial authorities to produce entire record of the forest land leased out since 1985. The court was asked to order action against officers concerned for leasing out forest land without adhering to the Forest Act 1927.

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