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CJP Vows To Address Water Shortage

Karachi (June 09, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar while hearing a case about the construction of dams in the country, at Karachi registry of the apex court, has remarked that “If the four brothers are not agreed over the dam then what is an alternate solution,”, vowed to address the water shortage.

Case was heard by the Larger Bench of the SC, headed by CJP, Justice Saqib Nisar, in which former Chairman WAPDA, Zafar Mehmood also appeared before the court.

During the hearing, former chairman of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Zafar Mahmood, told the court that people were not fully informed about the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

“I resigned from the post of WAPDA chairman following this dispute,” he further said.

“If the four brothers are not agreed over the dam then what is an alternate solution”, CJP remarked.

Informing the court that India has taken over the water tributaries of Ravi and Sutlej and the Indus Waters Treaty also poses a risk, the former WAPDA chairman said, “India will try to stop the flow of water to us.”To this, the CJP asked Mahmood what role the top court can play.

“There is a need to create awareness on the issue of water scarcity,” Mahmood responded.

Justice Saqib Nisar asserted that the Supreme Court will move forward for construction of dams and will play its role.

The CJP said that if Kalabagh dam is not a solution then what is its alternate.

The bench asked, why the undisputed dams projects are not being implemented. How the dams can be constructed in the country, the court posed the question. Justice Saqib Nisar observed that the country has lost its capability of legislation. “You give us suggestions, we will recommend for the legislation to the parliament,” the chief justice said. “If the nation empower the Supreme Court, it is prepared to play its role”.

On June 07, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar said that his heart is advising him to collect donation for the payment of loans of the country and construction of dams.

Hearing the case regarding water in the SC, CJP said that important issue of water cannot be left unsolved, we have to take steps for the solution of the problem on the war footing, water is being waited in ocean, said CJP.

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“Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have done nothing for constructing dams in their respective tenures”, said CJP adding that “give respect to vote” means provide basic facilities to masses.

Later, CJP appointed senior lawmaker, Barrister, Aitzaz Ahsan as adviser to the court over the matter of water and asked him to finalize report about the water situation in the country till June 21.It may be recalled that concerns are being raised that by 2025, water scarcity will raise in the country, and construction of dams is necessary in this regard.

On June 05, the head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif pledged that his five years performance enriched with development work particularly the availability of electricity and if people would vote for PML-N in next election they would spread the network of dams across the country.

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On June 04,  Supreme Court fixed June 09 (Saturday) for hearing the case pertaining to matters of constructing Kalabagh Dam, the reservoir in the Supreme Court Karachi Registry.

Chief Justice, Justice Sadiq Nisar remarked that issue of water scarcity has reached an alarming situation, Government and the institutions have to take immediate steps for the solution of the problem, CJP added.

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On the occasion, the applicant said that 20 years passed to the application, which he filed for Kalabagh dam, no dam has been constructed since last 48 years, said applicant.

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