Monday, August 30, 2010

Pakistan left to drown by the "timber mafia..."

The warnings regularly given by all manner of experts had been ignored for decades.

If Pakistan's authorities continued to allow the country's timber mafia and a benighted and oppressed peasantry to strip the country's forests at a faster rate than anywhere else in Asia, as is happening, floods of Biblical proportions would be inevitable. They would not be acts of God. They would be man-made catastrophes.


What then happened, reports by Pakistani journalists and environmental campaigners have steadily established, was truly terrifying.

Trees felled by so-called illegal loggers - an infamous "timber mafia" that has representatives in the Pakistan Parliament in Islamabad and connections right to the top of government and the military - are stacked in the innumerable nullahs [steep narrow valleys], gorges and ravines leading into the main rivers. From there they are fed into the legal trade, earning the mafia billions of dollars yearly. Full story...

Don't miss:

  1. The Pakistan floods in heart-wrenching pictures...
  2. Is India responsible for the floods in Pakistan?
  3. The floods in Pakistan...
  4. Here's Rush and The Trees...
  5. 6000 trees chopped down ... to prevent sex romps!!! 

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