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Expressing concern over stone crushing in the Margalla range, the Supreme Court sought records of plantations.

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan, expressing concern over the ongoing stone crushing in the Margalla range, has sought planning records from all the provinces.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial heard the case of encroachment on forest land in the country.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked that trees can be seen on the Margalla mountains towards Islamabad, but stone-crushing is taking place on the backside.

Government lawyer:   Raja Shafqat said that the back part of Margalla Hills comes under the jurisdiction of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Chief Justice said that forest lands are being occupied, what steps is the government taking for plantation? How do coordinate trees planted by provincial governments?

He further inquired whether forest land is being leased through a public-private partnership. The lawyers of the provincial governments said that all the leases have been suspended as per the court orders.

The Chief Justice sought records of reclaimed forest land in all four provinces and sought details of trees planted under his jurisdiction.

Later, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of the case for a month.

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