Energy shortages force Pakistanis to scavenge for wood, threatening tree canopy

by Tim Craig

Akhtar, 68, carries a stack of branches through Margalla Hills National Park in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 18.  Photo: Tim Craig/Washington Post

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Ramesh Iqbal lives in one of the Pakistani capital’s middle-class neighborhoods and attends college. But on a recent day, he and two friends emerged from a wooded area, their arms full of the logs and branches they had gathered to warm their homes