ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday arrived in Naran district of Mansehra to inaugurate various development projects for the promotion of tourism and environmental protection in the area.
The projects include tree plantation on the banks of Kunhar River, distribution of motorbikes among Community River Rangers, breeding trout fishes in the Kunhar River, provision of 5.5 million eco-friendly biodegradable bags, and emergency response service for tourists and delivery of machinery and equipment for waste collection.
The prime minister also addressed Tiger Force volunteers on this occasion.
He said tourism would attract so much investment that we would be able to develop the tourist spots of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through that. The local residents would find so much jobs here in the tourism sector that they would not need to go anywhere else, he added.
He said that Switzerland generated 80 billion dollars through tourism only, while our country’s aggregate exports were hardly of 25 billion dollars.
Imran Khan said he had visited Switzerland, Austria and other beautiful places in Europe and he would like to assure that the beauty from Kaghan to Babusar Top was unmatched. “We should be thankful to Allah (SWT) by protecting His blessings,” he maintained.
“Trout of these areas are liked all over the country and I am happy that you people are taking care of the fish and making efforts for multiplying their numbers,” he said.
He said earlier when he used to come he would find trees cut here. The next generations would be thankful to us for taking care of the nature, he said.
“In the past, jungles were ruined. I direct my MPAs and MNAs to look after the trees and natural beauty of the areas. Laws in this regard should be strictly implemented,” he said.