SC sets 9th for re­ports on flood is­sue

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day set De­cem­ber 9 a fi­nal date for concerned re­spon­dents to sub­mit their re­ports re­lat­ing to unau­tho­rized di­ver­sion of flood­wa­ter by mak­ing breaches in the em­bank­ments of bar­rages and canals by in­flu­en­tial peo­ple to save their lands dur­ing re­cent dev­as­tat­ing floods.

A three-mem­ber bench of Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry, Jus­tice Ghu­lam Rab­bani and Jus­tice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ram­day was hear­ing a suo motu no­tice re­lat­ing to letters con­tain­ing ap­peals of deputy chair­man Se­nate Jan Muham­mad Ja­mali, Fakahru­didn G. Ebrahim, an em­i­nent ju­rist, and Marvi Me­mon, a PML-Q par­lia­men­tar­ian over di­ver­sion of flood wa­ters. The Chief Jus­tice said that le­gal ac­tion would be taken against the re­spon­dents and those prov­inces who had not yet filed their re­ports.

The Chief Jus­tice ob­served that by not com­ply­ing with court's or­ders, it ap­peared that the re­spon­dents had noth­ing to de­fend and were least in­ter­ested in the mat­ter.

The Chief Jus­tice di­rected the prov­inces to file their re­ports be­fore the court, adding that peo­ple af­fected by the flood were still seek­ing re­lief.

Jus­tice Khalil ur Rehman Ram­day ob­served that prop­er­ties of the peo­ple have been af­fected and they were seek­ing re­lief. PML Q MNA, Marvi Me­mon told the court that the Wa­ter and Power Devel­op­ment Author­ity (Wapda), Min­istry of Fi­nance and Ir­ri­ga­tion had not yet filed their replies. She also expressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the probe made by the Sindh govern­ment on the is­sue, say­ing that the ques­tions she had raised in this re­gard were yet re­sponded. -App

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