ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday sought reports from the federation and provinces in environmental pollution elimination case. During the hearing of the case on Wednesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Anwar Zaheer Jamali said, “Our country is so large but it is being run on loans. It seems as if the pledges made by the government with reference to environment have not been and will not be fulfilled. Is there any legal restriction that only one environmental tribunal should function in Punjab?” He noted that the development projects of 1992 pertaining to Sindh were still on paper and work has not been started on them. “Quetta is still arid like in the past. Sindh government should give in writing that it does not need any guidance from the court. For how long we will go on hearing cases of bad governance!”
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court presided over by CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali took up the case for hearing on Wednesday during which the provincial governments presented their reports. Khalid Shehryar filed the report on behalf of Sindh government, saying notices have been issued to several industries. The CJP remarked, “Such voluminous report reflects that we are doing nothing. In fact, environmental pollution has reached its peak.”
He asked how many people responsible for polluting the environment have been punished so far. Meanwhile, Justice Ejaz Afzal said if salaries are being paid to the employees then why is cleanliness not being ensured. He asked if the Supreme Court judges should supervise this work. Justice Ejaz observed, “One cannot cross Ravi bridge without covering one’s nose. Why is a treatment plant not being installed to make Ravi clean? Why don’t we adopt the cleanliness norms of West?” On behalf of Balochistan government Ayyaz Swati told the court that use of smoke-emitting rickshaws has been stopped in Quetta and the rickshaws are now running on CNG, whereas 79 brick kilns have been shifted outside Quetta city. The hearing of the case was adjourned until January.