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Pollution case: Its govt. responsibility to provide safe and clean drinking water to residents

Karachi (Monitoring Desk): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has remarked while hearing Karachi water pollution case that its government primary responsibility to provide safe and clean drinking water to residents.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and former mayor Karachi Mustafa Kamal has reached Supreme Court Karachi registry. Both dignitaries were summoned by the superior court to appear today.

Kamal, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, AIG Karachi Mushtaq Mahar are summoned by the court.

PSP leader Anis Qaimkhani is accompanying Kamal. In a brief conversation with the journalists, Kamal said that he will present his stance only in front of the Supreme Court’s bench.

A projector has been set up in the courtroom, petitioner Shahab Usto’s short video on the case will be shown on it in the presence of Sindh Chief Minister and Mustafa Kamal, informed sources.

In the last court proceeding of the case, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nasir observed: “This is a matter of people’s lives, it cannot be ignored. The chief minister will be asked about all the steps he has taken in this regard.”

The chief justice also remarked that the judiciary must intervene when the government fails to fulfill its responsibilities.

“There will be no compromise on air and water pollution,” he remarked, adding “the high officials will also be summoned in the case if necessary.”

The bench also summoned former City Nazim Mustafa Kamal on Dec 05, during whose tenure reportedly land reserved for Mehmoodabad water treatment plant was illegally allotted.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shared on social media that he is glad that Sindh chief minister will get an opportunity to present the case of PPP government in Supreme Court.

Over the matter, Bilawal tweeted: “1 of biggest crisis affecting all of Pakistan is water. The Sindh Govt has taken practical steps to address this from investing in the most RO plants across the province, linging of our canals and construction of damns. I’m glad CM will get a chance to present our case in SC.”