Published On: Sun, Jun 10th, 2018
Published in Category: Karachi

SC’s order will not affect stakeholders of Kala Bagh Dam: CJP

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Karachi: Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday remarked that the Supreme Court is entire Pakistan’s court and its decision on Kala Bagh Dam will not affect any stakeholder.

The top court chief further remarked that we are here to build a consensus on the issue not to creating troubles for stakeholders.

The chief justice remarked this during a hearing of the case filed by Barrister Zafarullah pertaining to construction of Kala Bagh Dam at Karachi Registry on Saturday.

It is pertinent to mention here that a larger bench headed by the chief justice heard the case. Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that if public allow, the Supreme Court is ready to play its role in resolving water problem of the country.

The top court judge remarked that the SC will conduct seminars in this connection after Eidul Fitr and the initiative would be taken from Karachi. Regarding Kala Bagh Dam, the chief justice said that alternative solution should be sought when four provinces are not agreed over the construction of Kala Bagh Dam.

Barrister Zafarullah during the case hearing requested the court to arrange a referendum on the Kala Bagh Dam issue. The chief justice remarked everyone should pay respect to the constitution, adding our responsibility is to look into legal matters whereas holding a referendum is government’s responsibility.

Former chairman WAPDA Zafar Mahmood briefed the court through a projector on the Kala Bagh Dam. He said we ignored the issue of Kala Bagh Dam and didn’t educate the public in this regard, adding that glaciers are melting speedily and due to claimant change Pakistan is under the shadow of disasters and floods.

Mahmood, during the hearing, informed the court that India has already occupied water of three rivers. He further informed the court that India has long term planning to teas Pakistan over the water issue and it is planning to construct more dams on these rivers. He said India can also damage Pakistan while leaving water from its dams during the forthcoming monsoon season.

Zafar Mahmood while holding all the previous government responsible for the national issue said that he had left the chairmanship of WAPDA because of this issue.

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