Nature lovers enjoy the Trail-V hike despite the rain

Islamabad: Over 100 university students and nature lovers participated in the hike and clean up of Margalla Hills Trail-V despite the inclement weather.

The event was organized by the Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) and DTN as part of its 11th Pakistan Mountain Festival, the annual flagship event to commemorate the International Mountain Day (IMD) of the UN in collaboration with the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWNB), a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Climate Change, Gym Club of Quaid-e-Azam University, CS Adventure Club of Comsats University Islamabad Campus, from the GBC Council, Westminster Academy and Rawalpindi Women University.

Prior to the nature walk and cleanup, IWMB Deputy Director Sakhawat Ali briefed participants on the biodiversity and natural heritage of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP). Sakhawat Ali said that Margalla Hills National Park was established in 1980, it is the third largest national park in the world with an area of ​​17,386 hectares (42,960 acres). And under the foothills of the Himalayas. Tilla Charouni with a height of 1604 m is the highest peak in the park. The park is rich in biodiversity, particularly rich in Sino-Himalayan fauna, in particular the gray goral, the barking deer and the leopard. The Combined MHNP is home to approximately 600 plant species, 402 varieties of birds, 38 mammals and 27 species of reptiles. He said that under the new leadership recently, the IWMB has taken many measures for the protection of the park and visitors. Many cases of logging and forest fires have been avoided. The renovated IWMB Nature Education Center is the hub for activities and awareness sessions.

Later, the young rising Pakistani face of seasoned mountaineer Sirbaz Khan and former deputy mayor of Islamabad Metropolitan Society Zeshan Naqvi, well-respected and recognized Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir were the main guest of the ceremony. delivery of certificates.

Speaking on the occasion, Nazir Sabir said mountaineering has become very technical and difficult in the changing climate. Unpredictable bad weather has made this sport more and more expensive. There are many companies going up around the world to support their climbers, with the exception of Pakistan. Many dynamic strategies dusted off the public shelves. We need to bring them out and launch them with a proactive agenda of action to develop a team of skillful mountaineers and integrate Pakistan’s mountaineering facilities that are second to none in the world. He said the Pakistan Alpine Club needs to be reorganized under the dynamic vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Prime Minister is expected to form a task force of 8-10 great climbers and people promoting Pakistan’s mountains to translate challenges into opportunities.

Sirbaz Khan has said mountaineering is unfortunately not the priority of the Pakistani government as the mountains are under stress from the housing and timber mafia. We hardly see any action against them. The government must opt ​​for a strategy to promote and integrate mountaineering and engage young enthusiasts. Zeshan Naqvi said that Islamabad has several places which can attract youth engagement and we can accommodate young people and nature lovers from other cities and countries. The authorities are proactively implementing an action plan in this regard.

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