Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

Tough day for Sindh CM as SC hears drinking water case in Karachi

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KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday observed that the Supreme Court would keep summoning Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah until his government provides the people with clean drinking water and put an end to sea pollution.

The observation came as a three-judge bench a heard case related to provision of safe  drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal were also present in the Karachi Registry of the apex court.

A documentary about contaminated water was also shown in the court room, which prompted the top judge to remark that human feces were being deliberately released in the drinking water.

He asked the chief minister if he was aware of the situation.

He said the chief minister that he was not providing the people with clean drinking water.

The chief justice further told Murad Ali Shah  to not take the case as a hostile approach since he was summoned with great respect and dignity.

Justice Saqib Nisar asked the chief minister to find a solution of the issue, adding that the court was also prepared to assist the government in this regard.

The chief justice said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was like his son but he should see to the water being provided to the people of Larkana and other cities.

He said he wish Bialwal was also present in the court to see the situation  facing the people of Larkana.

Justice Faisal Arab said the people elected the government to resolve their issues and turned to courts only after seeing failure of the administration.

The chief minister, however, argued that the situation was not that grave as it was shown in the documentary made by the petitioner.

During the hearing the court also asked the chief minister to rid the Karachiites of water tankers .

Mustafa Kamal told the court that issues related to provision of water and drainage are responsibility of the local government.

He said Karachi needs 1250 million gallon water on daily basis and the K-4 project would also be unable to cater for  needs of the city.

The former mayor said Karachi’s population was likely to exceed 30 million   which would further worsen the situation.–Agencies

 

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