Karachi: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) organized ‘Eco-Hike and Tree Plantation Drive’ in the Margalla Hills to raise awareness about preservation and protection of environment.
The event was held as part of PTCL’s ‘Go Green’ vision, which is a manifestation of the company’s corporate social responsibility policy, aimed at preserving the environment in a sustainable manner.
The initiative emphasized the importance of keeping the surroundings clean and raised awareness in the community about environmental issues.
More than 230 hikers including PTCL employees and students participated in the hike, which started at the base of Margalla hills on Trail 3 & 5 and culminated at the picturesque Pir Sohawa.
The participants also collected litter along the trails, with an aim to raise awareness among the general public about the need to keep the environment clean. Students and faculty members from various universities including Iqra, FAST and Bahria University were also invited to take part in this CSR initiative.
A tree plantation drive in collaboration with CDA was also launched at the occasion, where top brass of PTCL, led by Syed Mazhar Hussain, CHRO PTCL, planted pine tree saplings.
Syed Mazhar Hussain, CHRO PTCL, while speaking at the occasion enunciated the value that PTCL attaches to various socially responsible activities that it undertakes under the aegis of its CSR policy. Among other steps – including providing relief to our fellow countrymen in the hour of need, setting up of mobile medical camps, providing equipment and supplies to hospitals, etc – he particularly mentioned the Internship program under which 500 graduates in Engineering, Business, and Finance disciplines were provided exceptional learning and development opportunities at different establishments of PTCL for one year.
He vowed to keep the momentum of such activities in future so that PTCL could continue to play its part in the social and economic uplift of the country.
At the closing ceremony, an environment awareness session was also held, where renowned environmentalist Dr Muhammad Hanif elaborated the need for preservation and protection of environment.
Sanaullah Aman, Member Environment CDA, assured of his agency’s full cooperation to the civil society and corporate organizations in accomplishing this objective.
Protecting the environment and keeping the habitat clean is at the forefront of PTCL’s social responsibility initiatives and the company actively pursues endeavors to keep the environment clean.