Former WAPDA chief engineer told Supreme Court that dams were not constructed in Pakistan because of corruption and that the Nawaz Sharif-led government “set up thermal plants on three hundred per cent higher prices.”
Can Pakistan survive without water, asks Chief Justice Saqib Nisar
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday, while hearing the Kalabagh dam case, asked if Pakistan’s survival was possible without water.
A three-member bench of the apex court, chaired by Justice Nisar was hearing the petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan, who had requested a referendum for the construction of Kalabagh Dam. Judicial advisor and former Chairman WAPDA Engineer Shamsul Mulk and lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, also serving as amicus curiae on the case, were present in court.
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Previous governments have done nothing to tackle the water crisis in Pakistan, Justice Nisar remarked
Questioning the political government’s efforts to construct dams in the past ten years, Justice Nisar remarked that nothing had been done in that regard.
“Come what may, dams must be constructed. I want to know where can the dams be constructed? I want to know the issue’s solution,” the chief justice said, adding that the apex court would not let the matter go till it was resolved.
The top judge observed that a team of experts needs to be constituted. Imtiaz Qazalbash, former WAPDA chief engineer, responded that multiple teams, not one, need to be formed for the issue.
The hearing is currently under way.