Probe finds arrested honey collectors behind Margalla fires
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) Authorities have completed investigation from the three honey collectors arrested from a nearby village in connection with the Margalla Hills fires.

 Rajanpur-based accused persons including Jahanzeb, Abid Hussain and Hussain Bakhsh were arrested in connection with the fires at Margalla Hills. The three persons used to go to Margalla Hills to collect honey.

During the investigation, it was revealed that there is a large number of honey bee clusters on Margalla Hills. The accused used fire and smoke to drive away flies. This was done behind the Faisal Mosque to collect honey. The police sent the three accused to jail after completing the investigation.

It should be remembered that on May 28, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to take steps to access and restore the damage caused by the fires. He also directed that treatment facilities should be provided to the injured animals.

It should be noted that on May 27, two big fires broke out on the hills of Margalla, which were extinguished by firefighters with the help of helicopters after 7 hours.

Earlier on May 18, a forest fire broke out in the Margalla hills, the exact cause of which was not known, but officials of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) said that the fire near Loi Dandi was ignited due to extreme heat. It rose and later it spread over an area of ​​3 km due to strong winds.

The officials said it was the first forest fire of the current season, apparently fueled by intense heat that engulfed Loi Dundee, Rata Hotar and other forests.

The latest findings have endorsed the earlier official claim the blaze incidents are in fact owed to human acts and are not a natural occurrence.

"All the fires are due to someone's mischief or negligence," Capital Development Authority Director General (CDA DG) Irfan Niazi said while speaking on Geo News' programme "Geo Pakistan" on Monday.

The official's remarks came as rescue workers were engaged in large-scale firefighting operations in the hills surrounding the federal capital throughout last week.

In the latest incident, authorities doused a forest fire in the Hills on Sunday.