KARACHI: Bishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts has said there is dire need of fostering peace and love, and trees give the message of love, peace and friendship.
He expressed these views at a tree plantation ceremony organized by the National Form for Environment and Health (NFEH) as part of Sarsabz o Pursukoon Karachi, held at Catholic Church last night.
Additional Commissioner Mohammad Khan Rind, President National Form for Environment and Health Mohammad Naeem Qureshi, Mohammad Nadeem Shaikh Advocate of Justice Help Line, Saleem Michael, Father Petter John, Father Tony Marts, Father Edward Mansha, Waseem Michael, Rashid Ansari and Engineer Nadeem Ashraf also spoke on the occasion.
Bishop said tree plantation is not only gives expression of fraternal feelings, but it also helps make the city clean and green.
While welcoming the tree plantation campaign, he said more than five hundred trees would be planted in churches and schools, which would contribute for better environment.
Additional Commissioner Mohammad Khan Rind said ongoing campaign in leadership of Commissioner Karachi had proved successful experiment as it had been expanding in different areas in monsoon season. Naeem Qureshi said 135,000 trees had been planted so far, and their target was to plant 300,000 trees till the end of August 2014 in Karachi.
Nadeem Shaikh said Christians had been always with us in good and bad times, and it was the need to promote the interfaith and mutual understanding. On this occasion, the tree plantation was held in church premises. Joseph Coutt presented a bouquets to Naeem Qureshi, Mohammad Nadeem and others.