Bahawalpur: The National Park Lal Sohanra management has begun a crackdown on illicit sawmills that are costing the national exchequer to lose millions of dollars. Officials sent with heavy gear to demolish the unlawful installations, prompting the crackdown. Officials claim the action is part of the government’s “Clean Green Pakistan” initiative, and that sawmills operating within a five-mile radius of the park would be removed.
The park’s administrator, District Forest Officer Ijaz Ahmed Tabbasum, told Dawn that the teams were encountering opposition from the sawmill owners and staff. He said action had been taken against 39 sawmills. He said the vigorous campaign to root out illegal sawmills had been launched for the first time.