Islamabad: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a contempt notice to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah over the provincial government’s failure to approve the design of development work for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.
According to the details, a three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar had taken up a suo motu case relating to the colossal losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways (PR).
During the case proceedings, the CJ remarked that work on the KCR project was supposed to be wrapped up within two months.
“Just the overhead bridge and some other work remain [to be completed],” he observed. “Why has the FWO [Frontier Works Organisation] not begun its work?”
The FWO director general replied that the government of Sindh had not yet awarded the contract for theunderpass. The director-general said that the FWO had sent the design to the provincial government which had not yet approved it.
After hearing the arguments, the Apex Court while issuing a contempt notice to the Sindh chief minister for
failing to comply with the court’s orders, directed him to submit a response at the next hearing in two weeks.
The court also issued notice to secretary railways while Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has been ordered to appear before the court in person on the next hearing.
The hearing adjourned for two weeks.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Railways resumed the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), between City Station to Pipri on November 19th .