Construction of dams inevitable: CJP

Published: June 27, 2018
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PHOTO: EXPRESS

PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday asserted that construction of dams was inevitable.

According to Express News, A three-member bench headed by the top judge resumed hearing in a case pertaining to the construction of Kalabagh Dam where former chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Shamsul Mulk presented arguments in favour of the dam.

Explaining the benefits, he cited China generating around 30,000 megawatts of electricity from dams. “Even India has more than 4,000 dams,” he said. “We lose billions due to the non-construction of dams.”

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During court proceedings, Justice Nisar expressed dismay over democratic government’s failure to reach a consensus on the Kalabagh dam. He inquired about the consequences of not constructing dams. “All four provinces will benefit from construction of new dams. It is not about Kalabagh dam, it is about Pakistan,” he remarked.

The top judge remarked that Quetta and areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were already facing water shortage. “I am thinking of halting judicial matter to plan a water seminar instead,” said Justice Nisar.

Shortly after, CJP addressed a seminar on Water Crisis and Construction of Dams. “It is the duty of the Supreme Court to enforce fundamental rights. We will take the dams issue seriously,” he said.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Shahzeb
    Jun 27, 2018 - 5:34PM

    If you are able to do this, I am sure every citizen would be praying for u their whole life long. Recommend

  • Gulzar Sm
    Jun 27, 2018 - 5:44PM

    Shamsul Mulk is a patriotist And a right person to be consulted with! Such person would be helpful to provide water to the country. An aspect of Indian conspiracy may not be ignored. A person who would oppose this project would be Indian agent and it is just possible that he would have accepted bribery from India/Ra.Recommend

  • Mohammad Urooj Mirza
    Jun 27, 2018 - 6:00PM

    Dams are a must and lifeline for Pakistan and Pakistani’s. If these are not built today then thirst, famine, diseases and poverty will kills us as our adversaries and enemies wont need to spend on weapons.

    By building dams Pakistan will be self sufficient and self reliant in agriculture, forestry, electricity power, fishing, controlling floods which causes immense bleeding of Pakistan’s financial and human resource, hence it will bring GREAT PROSPERITY in Pakistan.

    As far as our Paid Politicians are concerned who are against these dams then someone should inform them as to why do they build overhead and under water storage tanks and other reservoirs in their homes; because that they could use the water very easily today, day after and the day after that. If I am wrong then why don’t they also finish these reservoirs and stand in line like other Pakistanis and fetch water from wells and govt. taps.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 27, 2018 - 6:22PM

    Once the dam is built the same people opposing it today will be thankful for the benefits. It’s like patients who want to commit suicide are angry if they are stopped against thier will but are thankful once thier depression is lifted and thankful for saving thier lives.Recommend

  • Raffay Sajjad
    Jun 27, 2018 - 11:55PM

    If honourable Chief Justice is able to do this. We all will be indebted to you for our entire lives. Let’s all think for Pakistan ONLY. Recommend

  • Javed
    Jun 28, 2018 - 7:07AM

    While other countries are building dams and they are fulfilling their needs then why not pakistan, its beneficial cumulatively to all provinces. We should not think for only one or two province we should do for our country. Excellent work of CJP.
    Here in our country every bold and sincere person is wrong according to some bulshitsRecommend

  • Athar
    Jun 28, 2018 - 8:11AM

    Every common Pakistani understand the importance of dams. We are fighting on what we don’t have, took control first on water than fight on share.Recommend

  • Naveed
    Jun 28, 2018 - 3:34PM

    CJ is right. He should also inquire about Jamaat Ali Shah, former Indus Water Commissioner now reportedly absconder and all those who are responsible for criminal negligence of not raising any objection on construction of dams in India against Indus Water Treaty. Recommend

  • Abdul Manan
    Jun 29, 2018 - 9:52AM

    Chief Justice Saab, please improve the condition of public transport in Rawalpindi, Islamabad. We citizens have the right to have a comfortable transport. We want to travel in comfortable buses to our colleges, offices etc. Please eradicate the private wagon mafia from the roads of twin cities. It would be much better if Varan Bus Service is relaunched.Recommend

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