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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Though several issues were discussed in the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday, more important amongst them were deforestation in Sindh, kidnapping and rape of children and even babies, growing insecurity among the Hindu community, law and order situation in Karachi and inaccuracies in the electoral list.
Arif Mustafa Jatoi and Syeda Marvi Rashidi posed several questions to Minister of Forest, Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, regarding deforestation in Sindh during 2008 and 2011. He replied that 6,364 trees were “damaged” between 2008 and 2011, and six million rupees “recovered” from the “offenders”.
However, keeping in mind the pace of desertification in Sindh and in the country as a whole, “recovery” is not the panacea. In an interview with this correspondent in 2007, Shamsul Haq Memon, former secretary of forests and wildlife, government of Sindh, had said: “We…
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