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What’s eating the Margalla Hills?

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 17, 2o14. Islamabad – For years, it has been obvious to residents, environmental activists and even government officials that sections of the Margalla Hills have been bruised and battered beyond recognition by limestone quarrying and urban development. But perhaps for […]

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The real destroyers of Margalla Hills remain invincible

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and Capital Development Authority (CDA), with support from the Punjab government, have once again promised to rid the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) of stone crushing units “very soon.” But there is […]

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Senator seeks SC intervention to stop metro bus project

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. Islamabad – Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has written to the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of a proposal that might destroy green belts on two Islamabad avenues to make way for the planned metro bus service. […]

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Forest policy and implementation lacking in Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 12, 2013. Islamabad – In the 1970s, both Pakistan and India came up with needs-based forest policies that turned out to be quite effective in tackling immediate problems. The felling and marketing of trees in Pakistan were completely left to […]

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GB timber movement: Civil society campaign against policy

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 20, 2013. Islamabad -Civil society organizations in the federal capital have protested a timber movement policy for Diamer district in Gilgit-Baltistan(G-B) and decided to launch a campaign for the policy’s withdrawal. The controversial policy, which was approved by former Prime […]

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GB timber movement: Authorities move to ban fresh logging

An edited version of this article was published in The Express Tribune on Apr 9, 2013. Islamabad – The Ministry of Climate Change agreed on Monday to forward a summary to the cabinet secretary to reverse a March 15 order which had allowed the transport of timber from Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) to other parts of the […]

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Stone crushers forced to adopt dust suppression system

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 8, 2013. Islamabad – A government environmental watchdog’s efforts to curb air quality degradation due to stone crushing at the Margalla Hills are bearing some fruit. At least one of the stone crushers that operate in Taxila has installed a […]

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Stone crushing in the Margalla Hills

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 10, 2013. Islamabad – The Margalla Hills are no stranger to the destructive touch of machines. For over 30 years, stone crushers have eaten away at the Hills, quarrying, drilling, blasting and crushing rocks into fine gravel that goes into […]

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