CJP Asks Why Water Shortage Plugged With Use of Tankers

CJP Asks Why Water Shortage Plugged With Use of Tankers

Karachi (January 14, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar heard the Environmental Pollution Case in Karachi registry and remarked that ‘Water a need of every household’.

Despite of Sunday, three-member larger bench, comprising Justices Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah, heard the cases of substandard packaged milk, environmental pollution, and contaminated water.

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Hearing the environmental pollution case, the chief justice wondered why there is a water shortage in the city. He asked the KWSB chief why water shortage is plugged with the use of tankers.

The KWSB chief replied that there are a number of informal settlements in the city devoid of any water lines.

“Water is a need of every household,” the chief justice remarked.

Justice Shah added that the water lines are broken, due to which the water is wasted.When the chief justice inquired why there is a water shortage in the posh Defence Housing Authority locality of the city, the KWSB chief stated that the authority manages its own water.

Tankers’ operators have become a mafia, earning billions of rupees, asserted the chief justice, and asked who is behind contracting the tankers.

“If they go on strike we will deal with them, that is our job,” he remarked, referring to the tankers’ association.

The chief justice remarked further that the Sindh government is not providing water to citizens.

He also asked the KWSB chief to resign if he cannot fulfil his responsibility.During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that this is not an ordinary case but a very sensitive matter.

The chief justice ordered the Sindh government to provide security and an office to former Supreme Court Justice Amir Hani Muslim.

The chief justice stated that Justice (retd) Muslim will be given powers of a sitting Supreme Court judge, including contempt powers.

If anyone impedes in the work of the water commission, the court will undertake transfer/postings, the chief justice observed.He also thanked all government officials who are attending the hearing for coming in on a holiday.

Sindh Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi, and Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, among other officials, are attending the hearing.

Earlier, hearing substandard packaged milk case, he remarked that a collective effort is required to resolve issues affecting the public.

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As the proceedings began, the court Nazir (official) submitted a report on the matter, whichwas summoned the day before.

The chief justice ordered the chief secretary to direct the drug inspector to conduct market raids and confiscate injections used to enhance milk production in cows by infusing hormones.

He also ordered the Federal Investigation Agency and the drug inspector to evaluate the stocks of injection with distributors and retailers.During the hearing, representatives of milk companies submitted their response to the court. They stated that milk and tea whiteners are separate things, as tea whiteners are made from milk.To this, the chief justice remarked that “tea whiteners are not milk in any sense”.

“You have to give in writing, through advertisements on TV and print, that this is not milk,” he observed and gave the companies four weeks to ensure the warning is printed on packets.

He added that reputable brands are also selling substandard milk.

The chief justice also observed that they will look at the matter of packaged milk first then move on to ‘open milk’.The chief justice also ordered the deputy Nazir to take Rs50,000 from all milk companies and have their product’s tests conducted by Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).

The PCSIR was also directed to submit its report in two weeks and directed authorities to lift the entire stock of any company whose milk is found to be substandard.

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