Pakistan plans special force to protect forests from timber mafia

3 March 2015

Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province plans to raise a special force to protect forests from powerful timber mafia, generate jobs for youth and protect rights of forest communities. 

The provincial government has allocated one billion rupees ($9.83 million) for the project as the force would be equipped with sophisticated weapons, trucks and other necessary gears to guard the forests, besides imparting them commando training.

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