Published: Sunday 31 March 1996

Cutting down a tree in the Punjab state of Pakistan could :result in a life-long sojourn at the prison, promises the Punjab chief minister, Arif Nakai. The ominous threat was delivered at the spring tree plantation campaign inauguration ceremony at Lahore Park, Lahore, on February 11 this year. Now onwards, if cutting down a tree was on anybody's agenda, permission would have to be sought from the chief minister.

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