Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday appeared before the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry in water pollution case.
Kamal, Shah, and Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mahar had been summoned by the bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar today. During the hearing, the chief justice observed that the water situation in the province is troublesome, adding that the chief minister has been summoned so they can resolve the situation together.
He also remarked that it is the government primary responsibility to provide safe and clean drinking water to residents.
Human waste is purposefully being added to water, he stated further. If you say we both can go, drink and check the quality of water from any stream in Mithi.
Justice Nisar remarked that. I wish [PPP leader] Bilawal Bhutto Zardari knew of the [water] situation in Larkana. Justice Faisal Arab also observed that people go to court after witnessing the failure of the government. Sindh Cheif Minister Murad Ali Shah then reached the rostrum and addressed the court.
Shah said that the water crisis is not as extreme as shown by the petitioner, adding that if I get an opportunity I will show my video to the court.
He was referring to a short video by petitioner Shahab Usto which was shown earlier in court through a projector. The chief minister said that the provincial government is working to resolve the issue, however, it is facing a shortage of funds. To this, the chief justice responded that even if the video is set aside, the extremity of the situation can be gauged from the commission report into the matter.