KARACHI: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) MianSaqibNisar sent samples of Nestle water that he was consuming and as well as samples of dispensers installed in the Supreme Court to the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) to ascertain whether it was fit for human consumption or not.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice MianSaqibNisar was hearing the case regarding environmental pollution at the city harbour and coastal areas and their poisoning due to unmitigated release of industrial waste. Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Faisal Arab were the other two members of the bench that was hearing a case at its Karachi registry.
The CJP directed the PCSIR representatives who were in the court room to collect the samples and get them testified. He sought the report within four days.
In Saturday’s hearing, the court expressed displeasure over the performance of all stakeholders including federal, provincial and the local government.
The CJP observed that contracts of billions of rupees for installing 1900 RO plants had been awarded to a man who was the relative of an ex-ambassador. The person who was awarded those contracts by the Sindh government was also the relative of the former Prime Minister, Yusuf RazaGilani, he added.
Justice Gulzar noted that Sindh Solid Waste Management Board had failed to produce fruitful results and had no utility. “Why are the people of Sindh particularly Karachi was being treated like this?”
He added that nobody including federal, provincial and the local governments seemed willing for resolving these issues.