Flawed poli­cies be­hind surge in pop­u­la­tion of moth­er­land: CJP

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Chief Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wed­nes­day called for im­me­di­ate steps to ad­dress the is­sue of alarm­ing growth in pop­u­la­tion whereas Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan said the gov­ern­ment will leave no stone un­turned in im­ple­ment­ing task force rec­om­men­da­tions to curb pop­u­la­tion growth in the coun­try.

While ad­dress­ing to na­tional symposium on ' Alarm­ing Pop­u­la­tion Growth in Pak­istan', here, the Chief Jus­tice ex­pressed that Pak­istan pop­u­la­tion will be ap­prox­i­mately dou­bled in the next 30 years, adding by that time coun­try's water and food re­sources would be sev­er­ally de­pleted.

Ear­lier, dur­ing hear­ing a hu­man right mat­ter a three-mem­ber bench of the Chief Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar had is­sued di­rec­tives to form a Task Force to de­vise mech­a­nism to curb pop­u­la­tion growth in the coun­try.

The Task Force gave eight point rec­om­men­da­tions spec­i­fy­ing clear pri­or­i­ties, roles, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and time­line for ac­tion. All the rec­om­men­da­tions IS­LAM­ABAD: Pun­jab gov­ern­ment Wed­nes­day as­sured the Supreme Court to form new Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (JIT) to probe into Model Town in­ci­dent where a skir­mish be­tween Pun­jab po­lice and Pak­istan Awami Tehreek work­ers took lives of 14 peo­ple in­clud­ing two women and more than hun­dred peo­ple sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries dur­ing 2014.

Tak­ing up ap­pli­ca­tion of one of the PAT worker Bisma Am­jad whose mother was killed dur­ing the in­ci­dent; a five-mem­ber larger bench of the Chief Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar ac­cepted her plea and is­sued di­rec­tives to Pun­jab gov­ern­ment for re­con­sti­tu­tion of JIT in the mat­ter.

It would be the third in­ves­ti­ga­tion team to probe the same mat­ter as PAT had shown no con­fi­dence over the find­ings of last two probes in the Model Town in­ci­dent on the grounds that im­par­tial­ity of the team was in ques­tion. It is worth men­tion­ing that mem­ber from in­ter-ser­vices in­tel­li­gence and mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence was part of the ear­lier two JITs in the mat­ter.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore the larger bench, PAT chair­man Dr. Qadri claimed due process of law was not ob­served dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the mat­ter say­ing an FIR was launched af­ter two months protest of the PAT in Is­lam­abad. Dr. Qadri submitted that nei­ther state­ment of vic­tims was recorded nor PAT turned up be­fore the ear­lier formed in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams, adding then how it could be said a fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

For­mer pre­mier Nawaz Sharif, then Chief Min­is­ter Pun­jab Shah­baz Sharif, his son Hamza Shah­baz, for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar and re­tired in­spec­tor gen­eral po­lice of Pun­jab Mush­taq Ahmed Sukhera and oth­ers are ac­cused per­sons be­hind the in­ci­dent. Cur­rently, the mat­ter is un­der ad­ju­di­ca­tion be­fore the Anti-Ter­ror­ism court of La­hore which had in­dicted Sukhera in the case.

On Wed­nes­day, dur­ing the course

IS­LAM­ABAD: Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Mr. Jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar pre­sent­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion shield to Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan at the Na­tional Symposium on "Alarm­ing Pop­u­la­tion Growth in Pak­istan: Call for Ac­tion", here at SupremeCourt of Pak­istan, Wed­nes­day. - PID photo

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