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Ppl opposing construction of dams are working on someone else’s agenda: CJP

13 September, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Wednesday remarked that people opposing the construction of dams are working on someone else’s agenda.

“We will not allow such elements to prevail their agenda of non-construction of dams as it is the matter of future of our next generations,” the top judge remarked while hearing a case pertaining to the construction of Dadhocha dam in Rawalpindi.

The chief justice remarked that a politician has said that Supreme Court should form its own political party. “Nobody has right to utter such things, such people cannot shake our commitment towards construction of dams in country,” he said, adding that dams would be constructed at any cost. “We are issuing a final warning to anti-dam elements as these matters relate not with politics but with the basic rights of the people,” he remarked.

The SC also asked the Punjab government to examine the Irrigation Department’s recommendations and present its own recommendations if not satisfied with those. The Punjab government was asked to inform the court of when the dam would be completed by and how much expense would be incurred during its construction.

The Punjab Irrigation Department secretary told the court that the provincial government had allocated funds for the acquisition of land for the dam. The chief justice asked what obstacles the Punjab government was facing in the construction of the dam, and added, “I know that commission mafia’s commission will be cut and this is the obstacle. I won’t let anyone take any cuts, nor will I let them appropriate commission.”

The top judge said that the commission mafia should fear God, and that the dam project was under strain because of this commission mafia. He asked them, without naming anyone, to think about themselves, the country and the future of its citizens. The CJP suggested the secretary to call the Punjab chief minister and his cabinet regarding the matter, to which the secretary responded that there was no need for it since he was looking after it.

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