CJP criticises Sindh govt over unsafe drinking water in province, summons CM

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Shahab Usto in the SC Karachi registry against the authorities for their alleged failure in providing clean drinking water and environment to the people in Sindh.
The SC had then appointed a two-judge bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, who had ordered the formation of a commission headed by a Sindh High Court judge for fair distribution of drinking water in the province.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, however, had last month raised concerns over the commission formed by the SC.
“Let judiciary take care of its own work.
During Monday’s hearing, Usto submitted before the court that the commission had surveyed the entire province.
“From Karachi to Kashmore, no citizen has access to safe and hygienic drinking water,” he claimed.
Sindh’s health secretary, chief secretary, home secretary, and managing director of water and sewage appeared in court along with other high-ranking officials.
He added that he can come to Karachi every week in order to find out who was responsible for the mismanagement in water distribution throughout the province.
The chief justice ordered the Sindh CM and former Karachi mayor to appear in court — the former will appear on Wednesday while the latter will appear on Tuesday.
“Water is one of the resources that our country is blessed with,” the chief justice remarked.

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