Islamabad: The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday recommended that all illegal structures located within the Margalla Hills National Park should be demolished, according to a news report.
The members of this committee made this recommendation during one of its meetings. They stated that these measures are in accordance with the Islamabad Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation, and Management) Ordinance 1979.
This ordinance was put in place after the Margalla Hills National Park (MNHP) was established in 1979, and provides for the protection, conservation, preservation, and management of the area’s flora and fauna.
Chairperson of the committee MNA Munaza Hassan stated that commercial activities in MNHP were destroying the natural environment and the habitat of a variety of wildlife.
Environmentalist Bilal Haque briefed the meeting about the wildlife in MNHP. He stated that due to its 1,700 flowering plants and 50 species of grass, apart from numerous valuable wild animals, this park is an irreplaceable natural resource, and must be protected at all costs.
It was revealed in the meeting that MNHP was in danger from the uncontrolled expansion activities of the surrounding dwellings. The committee discussed that national parks all over the world are governed by strict regulations that preserve their environment, and such rules should be implemented in MNHP as well.