SC sets 9th for reports on flood issue
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