GHAZI BAROTHA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said one million trees would be planted near Ghazi Barotha.

Addressing a tree plantation ceremony in Ghazi Barotha, the Prime Minister Imran announced that one million trees would be planted in the area near Ghazi Barotha dam, while 10 sports grounds would also be built. He emphasised that planting trees was crucial for the future of Pakistan’s youth to reverse the effects of climate change.

“Pakistan unfortunately is one of those 10 countries which will be the worst affected by climate change,” he noted.

The premier said he wanted the youth to promise that they would protect the trees in return for the sports grounds. “Trees are important for our future and sports grounds are important for our youth’s health,” he added.

He also announced that the whole of Punjab will have universal health insurance by the end of the year.

Terming the demand for a technology zone in the area as “valid”, Imran announced that one would be set up at Kamra. He said the upcoming age belonged to technology and it presented many job opportunities for Pakistan’s young population.

Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam while addressing the ceremony announced the construction of a regional campus of the Allama Iqbal Open University and a mother-child hospital to facilitate the people of Attock. He thanked the prime minister for the provision of natural gas to 35 villages in the area per their first right of use as gas producers.

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