Peshawar: The provincial task force has ordered the appropriate officials to take strict action against unlawful tree cutting in Malakand division.

The task force also instructed the relevant authorities to take the required procedures to revise the relevant laws’ punitive clauses to ensure exemplary punishment for those who engage in illegal tree cutting.

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On Tuesday, the task force gathered in this city, with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in charge. The conference was attended by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nauman Mahmood and senior commanders.

According to an official statement, the task force was informed that a firefighting team was being formed to minimize losses in the event of a forest fire. The group discussed the overall security situation, administrative problems, and development project progress in Malakand division so far.

It also discussed important public issues and decided to establish a realistic approach for resolving them on a priority basis.

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Work on several initiatives totaling Rs950 million for poverty alleviation and provision of jobs for local people was in process, according to a presentation to the conference regarding the ongoing developmental plans in different sectors in Malakand.

Various projects totaling Rs8675 million have been included in the Annual Development Programme to improve civic infrastructure for Malakand residents. Rural development and civil administration capacity building schemes of Rs1711 million have been approved in the division.

The committee determined to improve the tehsil municipal administration in Malakand’s tourist zones. TMOs in tourist regions were given precedence in receiving vehicles, machinery, and personnel resources from the local government department.

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The chief minister asked the responsible authorities to prepare a report on road infrastructure difficulties in Malakand under the National Highway Authority so that the subject could be taken up with the appropriate federal authorities.

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