CJP lashes out at Sindh govt for negligence over supply of unsafe drinking water
The chief justice was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Shahab Usto in the Supreme Court Karachi registry against the authorities for their alleged failure in providing clean drinking water and environment to the people in Sindh.
He claimed that almost 80 million people had hepatitis because of drinking polluted water.
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.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, however, had last month raised concerns over the commission formed by the SC.
"Let judiciary take care of its own work.
"It is the government’s responsibility to provide clean water to the public," Justice Saqib said, inquiring about what elected officials had been doing regarding the matter.
Sindh’s health secretary, chief secretary, home secretary, and managing director of water and sewage appeared in court along with other high-ranking officials.
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 tomorrow.
"Water is one of the resources that our country is blessed with," the chief justice remarked.
"We need to protect our resources."