Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government recently ordered local vendors to cease from the sale and purchase of polythene bags within a timeframe of two weeks, a news source quoted KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai as saying. As per details, any individual found buying or selling plastic bags within the province will be arrested and penalised following the deadline expiration date.
The minister made this announcement at an event held to create awareness regarding the harmful use of plastic bags. The provincial government organised the session in collaboration with the United National Development Programme in the KP Assembly. Lawmakers, including Mushtaq Ghani and Ziaullah Bangush, as well as district representatives from Peshawar were present at the occasion.
The attendees were told that KP was among the top 10 provinces of the world where efforts to protect the environment were bringing about positive changes. The speakers mentioned that the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’ project had made huge contributions on this front. The KP govt also banned usage of plastic bags in September this year.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister Yousafzai urged local lawmakers to become part of the campaign launched against the use of single-use plastic bags; adding that the provincial legislature had recently passed a bill to ban the use of polythene bags.