Islamabad - President of Republic of Maldives Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom  planted a Pine Tree at the Memorial Garden of  Shakarparian on Thursday.

Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal along with Member Environment Syed Mustafain Kazmi and senior officers of the Authority were also present on this occasion.

Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gaymoon is 125th foreign and second Maldives leader to plant the sapling at the Memorial Garden International Friendship Garden.

The chairman CDA briefed the foreign dignitary about the making of Capital Islamabad in this region and tradition of planting trees at this Memorial Garden of Shakarparian where the Federal Cabinet met to approve the plan of the Federal Capital Islamabad.

The tree plantation site named as International Friendship Garden is a unique place where the highest numbers of head of states and government have planted trees as memento of their visit to the capital of Pakistan.   

Furthermore, Authority is also planning to develop this place by establishing a gallery carrying the brief introduction and photographs of the dignities who planted the trees. He said that lights will be installed in the area where dignitaries and leaders from other countries have planted plants.

“The map of Islamabad will be put to display therein which will be named Islamabad viewpoint,” he further informed.

While informing the history of this International Friendship Garden to Foreign dignitary Chairman said that the tradition of tree plantation by visiting guest at the Garden began on February 21, 1964, when Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, sowed a seed of the Chinese Tallow Tree.

The Maldives President took a view of Islamabad from the historical place of Shakarparian and praised the natural beauty and greenery of the city.

The guest also took his keen interest in trees especially the chir pine plant planted by Moumoon Abdul Qayyum, President of Maldives on January 30, 1984.