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Manzoor Ahmad Qureshi predicted. STILL STRUGGLING TO ENFORCE. While the village committees in Diamer have new powers, they still find themselves outmatched by timber smugglers in technology and other resources, local experts say. The forest department lacks the resources it needs to effectively monitor all the forests in the region, while the smugglers have access to all the equipment and money they need, said Aftab Mehmood, a divisional forest officer at the Gilgit-Baltistan wildlife department. have proposed to the government that it raise a special force in the region to combat the timber smugglers and protect the rights of the local forest communities.
– Aftab Mehmood
Found on Reuters2 years ago
Despite our meager resources we arrested 30 timber smugglers last year and sent them to prison, but almost all are released now.
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