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Consensus required to be developed for construction of Kalabagh Dam: CJP

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that water crisis, if not sorted, would become torment for the nation.

During the hearing of the water scarcity case, CJP Nisar directed to conduct a conference to discuss the issue of Kalabagh Dam. He said that vote can be respected only by providing basic human rights to citizens of the state.

He said due to the lack of dams, Pakistan dumps water worth billion of rupees in oceans.

CJP said, 4 billion rupees were spent for campaigns of plantation and water but still people are deprived of clean water.

On September 16, 1991 the Council of Common Interest (CCI) had given a go ahead to the dam in its sixth session. Interestingly, the then four provinces had approved and shown consent for construction.

In the ninth meeting of the CCI on May 9, 1998, the case was reviewed. Further interestingly both the sessions were held during ex-Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s government. Despite the fact that CCI had green lit the project, the case had to go to the court.

Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered federal government on November 29, 2012 to start construction. However, the governments in the past several tenures seem to have catered to political interests only.

In addition to the high courts (HC), the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan was also approached in the matter as numerous pleas were filed from time to time. Replies were also sought from the government but Kalabagh Dam remains in ink till date.

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