CJP Nisar issues warning to anti-dam elements amid UK trip

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LONDON: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who is in the United Kingdom for a fund-raising campaign for dams, gave a clear message that no one should think of impeding the construction of new water reservoirs in the country.
Addressing a ceremony, the top judge highlighted that Pakistan is facing serious water issues, which can create massive trouble in the future if not addressed. “Why the Diamer-Basha and Mohmand dams are not built till to date and who showed negligence in the past 40 years,” the chief justice questioned.
Replying to the sentiments against the construction of dams in Sindh province, CJP Nisar said: “Not single but multiple dams will be constructed in Sindh”. In Balochistan, people are facing problems pertaining to education, health and water, he said, besides lamenting over the depleting underground water level in the province.
He reiterated that the apex court has issued order for the construction of the water reserviour. The chief justice also directed the government to implement the court orders. “Raising funds for dams is not the basic purpose but creating awareness among people is,” he said, adding: “Today the awareness campaign has been launched”.
Motivating the Pakistan expats, the chief justice cited the example of his granddaughter stating that she had deposited funds for dams from his reserves. “The children of the Supreme Court judge took part in the campaign by selling their toys,” he said, adding that no one can hinder this campaign when it is taken up by children.
Shedding light on social injustice in the country, the chief justice said: “Injustice with orphans and widows can create anarchy in the state”. On Thursday, Mian Saqib Nisar while talking to Pakistan-born members of the British Parliament declared the construction of dams imperative for the country.
He said that heavy funds are required to build Diamer Bhasha Dam, adding that overseas Pakistanis wanted to donate for them. He feared that people have to migrate in future if the water crisis was not addressed in a timely manner.
The chief justice headed to the UK on a week-long trip on Tuesday to raise funds for Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams.

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