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SC to hear civil society appeal in Shahzeb murder case today

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Supreme court of Pakistan will hear the civil society appeal against the Sindh High Court verdict in Shahzeb murder case along with several other public welfare related cases.

The chief justice will separately hear the appeal of civil society activists against the Sindh High Court’s order directing a retrial in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.

The public welfare cases involve the sale of substandard packaged milk, provision of unsafe drinking water, state of public hospitals and traffic blockades due to VIP movement.

On December 23, 2017, Chief Justice Nisar remarked that the provision of clean drinking water is the responsibility of the Sindh government.

He was hearing the water pollution case at the Karachi Registry.

The chief justice has also taken suo motu notice of the condition of government hospitals in Karachi and traffic blockades on public roads due to VVIP movement.

During a hearing of the water contamination case in December, the chief justice asked how many medical colleges of the province have 500-bed hospitals near them and also, if the hospitals operating in the province were associated with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.

Regarding the poor state of public healthcare in Karachi, the chief justice summoned all the medical superintendents to appear before the Karachi Registry on January 13 (today).

The chief justice also directed the medical superintendents to bring a detailed report on the availability of medical equipment and emergency wards’ machinery.