Construction of dams inevitable: CJP

Says he is deliberating halting judicial matter to plan a water seminar instead


Our Correspondent June 27, 2018
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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Abdul Manan | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend 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.
Naveed | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend 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.
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