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Shahbaz-Sharif summoned by SC on water pollution after hospital issue

LAHORE (Monitoring desk): Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz-Sharif has been summoned by the Supreme Court, this Saturday after a report by Punjab government on availability of clean water was declared unsatisfactory by the court.

The three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo motu case on availability of clean water at the Lahore registry, for which Shahbaz-Sharif was proposed to be summoned by  the CJP.

After the revelations of a report by provincial government stating that 540 million gallons of polluted water was being drained into, CJP Nisar ordered Shahbaz-Sharif to appear before the court to account for the process of waste water drainage.

“If we can summon Sindh’s chief minister over pollution, why should we not summon Punjab’s [chief minister]?” the CJP asked.

After asking the chief secretary to find out when Sharif would be able to appear, the court ordered the chief minister to appear at 11am on Sunday.

The bench also expressed displeasure over the lack of provision of clean water in the provincial capital.

The case of Lahore-hospitals was also being heard in the SC Lahore registry by a three-member bench headed by the CJP.

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SC summons chief minister over untreated effluent disposal issue

LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) Saturday summoned Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday to know about the steps taken to address the issue of untreated effluent being discharged into rivers.

The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, passed these orders while hearing a suo motu notice regarding provision of clean drinking water here at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry.

Earlier, amicus curie Ayesha Hamid advocate submitted a report regarding the disposal of the effluent. She was tasked by the court on January 20 to prepare a report on disposal of effluent in five big cities, including Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan.