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    Wildlife dept restricts Qataris from hunting Houbara Bustard in Tharparkar

    THARPARKAR (AwesomePakistan.Net) - Hunting camp of Qatari prince Fahad Abdul Rahman Al Thani’s was removed on Friday.

    The foreign office had only requested security during their visit to see Tharparkar’s wildlife. They were not allowed to hunt, said District Wildlife Officer Ashfaque Memon.

    The action was initiated following a campaign by locals of nearby village.


    Capital losing its green cover

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): Even as the government launched a massive tree-plantation drive, the federal capital has been slowly but steadily been losing its green canopy.

    Questions have also been raised on the survival rate of saplings planted by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). While the concerned directorate shows enthusiasm during the campaign, the passion ebbs with the passage of time.


    Cycle race promoting tourism, cross-border peace kicks off in Peshawar

    PESHAWAR (AwesomePakistan.Net): Dozens of Pakistani and Afghan cyclists embarked on a 350 kilometre race on Friday through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to promote international tourism and cross-border peace.

    The 87 spandex-clad competitors began their journey in Peshawar, the provincial capital which has been focal-point of a home grown militancy that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2001.


    Tree plantation drive: AJK govt fails to provide saplings to farmers

    MUZAFFARABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): As the government in the valley joined Islamabad in the nation-wide tree plantation drive, its claims of providing saplings for the drive fell flat with locals forced to buy trees at exorbitant rates from private nurseries.

    As part of the Green Pakistan programme, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government had on Thursday launched a campaign which aimed to plant around 3.02 million trees at targeted zones throughout the 10 districts of the valley. The trees were to be planted by the AJK Agriculture and Forest Department, private


    Heavy snow: G-B govt still assessing damages

    GILGIT (AwesomePakistan.Net): After Gilgit-Baltistan was blanketed by heavy snow with avalanches and landslides reported in many areas, the government said they were still assessing the extent of the damage.

    However, most roads had been cleared while power had been restored.

    “All link roads have been cleared of snow while electricity has been restored in the affected areas,” said the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Minister for Information, Planning


    Population under threat as glacier glides towards village

    SKARDU (AwesomePakistan.Net): A huge glacier is reportedly gliding towards a village in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Arando area while heavy snowfall has blocked all the roads to the affected region.

    Harsh weather conditions in Northern areas are wrecking havoc where scores have died due to avalanche and other related incidents. Couple of days ago, at least 15 people died when avalanche hit a village and a paramilitary post in Chitral.


    Spring plantation campaign kicks off in GB

    GILGIT: Spring plantation campaign starts in Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday. According to reports, Minister Forest wildlife and Environment Muhammad Imran will kick off the drive by planting a sapling in the vicinity of Forest Complex in Gilgit. Furthermore, it has been learned that plantation under the Green Pakistan Program will also kick start in GB on Thursday.

    Both of these campaigns are geared at welcoming the Spring season, raising awareness about environmental protection, reinforcing the importance of plantation,


    NDMA provides rescue helicopters for Chitral

    CHITRAL: The National Disaster Management Authority has provided helicopters for rescue and relief work in Chitral. The helicopters, requested for by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, will deliver food, blankets, and medicines to the affected areas. Land routes to Chitral valleys Golian, Gorian, Astore, and Yarkholast are inaccessible due to recent snowfall.


    No repairs on Minaret of Mir Masoom Shah in the last 20 years

    SUKKUR (AwesomePakistan.Net): It seems that the Sindh government cares very little for the centuries-old cultural heritage sites gifted to the province by former rulers, including the Minaret of Mir Masoom Shah, commonly known as the ‘Masoom Shah Jo Monaro’ that is situated in the heart of Sindh’s third biggest city, Sukkur.

    Constructed more than 400-years-ago, the towering heritage site still stands tall, defying the apathetic attitude of the government. What the Sindh Auqaf department is concerned about is its yearly contract, which is awarded to a contractor for Rs469,000 plus 10% tax. However, no repair or renovation of the


    Uch Sharif: where the shrine culture began

    BAHAWALPUR (AwesomePakistan.net): The historic city of Uch Sharif where the culture of shrine worship took root, is located approximately 80 kilometres from the city of Bahawalpur. Uch was founded by Alexander the Great and later came under the control of the Delhi Sultanate. It was built near a place called Panjnad where all of the Indus rivers meet. Uch used to be a centre of political and cultural activities and is home to myriad of mosques and shrines.

    However, the government’s neglect and attention has turned this city, especially the historical tombs into ruins. The department of archaeology’s efforts also


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