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‘Checking timber smuggling not a priority?’

DROSH: Village council chairmen and members from Arandu have accused the district forest department of not cooperating with them to check timber smuggling out of the area.

At a meeting held in Drosh on Monday, Village Council Damel Chairman Haji Sher Zamin said the district forest officer was taking least interest in checking timber smuggling from the area. 

He said there were scores of checkposts from Arandu to Drosh but smuggling of illegally-cut wood to Drosh and even Chitral town continued unabated, as checking timber smuggling seemed not a priority for them. 

He said the forest department had no strategy to check illegal cutting of trees due to which elements linked with the mafia was cutting trees in Damel, Arandu and other areas.

Chairman Village Council Arandu Gol Haji Ghazi Khan, VC Chairman Arandu Abdul Majid Khan and village council members Nazar Khan, Hazrat Noor and Haji Sadat at the meeting demanded that special measures should be taken by the provincial government to protect the green cover of Chitral and check cutting of trees and its smuggling.–Jahan Zeb

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  1. Sajjad Ahmad khan says

    Totally baseless allegations and timber mafias call to pressurize the department,,,The current team of forest department has zero tolerance as far as timber smuggling is concerned. It is evident from the fact that forest cutting has been controlled to much greater extend where offender are booked under the law, vehicles are apprehended at lawari, drosh and chitral as well but often bail out from court easily. Forest department is doing great job in protection as well planting despite the fact that forest having large extend and human resources are limited. The people of chitral must join hand to save the green wealth nobody from outside district in involved in such activity. There are also check post of scoutd, levy and police available at arandu site who could play an active role to control it as situation are not conducive for few bare handed unarmed forest guard present there. We have also witnessed heavy firing against forest and ACs there by the outlaws last year. As the UC Arrandu is a border touch UC with Afghanistan and militants are also involved in timber cutting and smuggling so a joint effort of administration, locals, armef forces are urgently needed to save the joint resource.

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