President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday urged the people, along with the government departments concerned to collectively take part in the government’s ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ drive to bring success to this initiative.

Addressing a ceremony, held in connection with the ‘Action Day’ of the five-year Clean and Green Pakistan, the president said that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had also preached the followers to make sure that their surroundings are clean.

Dr Arif Alvi was accompanied by Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, public representatives and people from different walks of life. The president picked up trash from the venue and put it in the bag for proper disposal.

He said that it was everyone’s responsibility to keep the houses and atmosphere clean, adding that besides spiritual purity, Islam also taught the followers to maintain the physical cleanliness.

The president said that it is the people’s responsibility to put garbage in trash bins instead of throwing it on the streets. “This is followed by the government departments’ duty to collect and dispose it of properly,” he added.

He said that if ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ meets success, it would also help tackle the issue of water shortage in the country, besides calling for measures to take remedial measures to address the issue.