ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has lashed out at critics opposing the construction of dams in the country, saying that they were pursuing “someone else’s agenda”.
While hearing a case on the Dadhocha dam on Wednesday, the CJP recalling a scientist’s remark that the Supreme Court should form its own political party said, “There is no need for anyone to say this. It is a matter of fundamental rights.”
Justice Saqib Nisar said that dams were being constructed for Pakistan’s future generations.
There would be “no compromise on this issue”, whether those criticizing the move were “well-known scientists or political leaders”, he added.
He claimed that those opposing the construction of dams are “working on someone else’s agenda, and the agenda is that ‘dams shouldn’t be built in Pakistan’.”
“We won’t let the agenda to not build dams be successful.” the CJP said. “We will build dams under all circumstances.”
The CJP, who was heading a three-judge bench, made the remarks during a case pertaining to land earmarked for the construction of the Dadhocha dam.
In today’s hearing SC asked the Punjab government to examine the Irrigation Department’s recommendations and, if it is not satisfied with them, to inform the court and present its own recommendations.
The Punjab government was also 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,” he asserted.
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 them, to think about themselves, the country and the future of its citizens.
The CJP suggested the secretary call the Punjab chief minister and his cabinet regarding the issue, to which the secretary responded that there was no need for it since he was looking over it.
The CJP responded that the construction of dam is a national cause and they would need to “come together for it”.
Justice Nisar told the secretary that he should be giving money instead of taking money, to which the secretary responded that he had already contributed money to the Dam Fund.
The hearing was postponed till next week.—INP