Chief secretaries in court today for dykes’ breach


ISLAMABAD: All the chief secretaries will appear in the Supreme Court today (Wednesday) to submit their reports on unauthorized diversion of floodwater and the breaches allegedly made in the embankments of barrages and canals by influential people to save their lands.
A three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani will hear the matter. The court had taken notice into the matter on the letters written by renowned lawyer Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, Senate Deputy Chairman Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali, Dr Asad Leghari, Muhammad Rahim Baloch and Advocate Zahida Thebo.
On the last hearing, the court ordered the chief secretaries of the four provinces to come up with complete data about the overflow of river waters during the recent floods after getting inputs from irrigation experts. MNA Marvi Memon of PML-Q had also filed a petition on the matter.
The court had also asked private television channels to submit programmes they had telecast during floods with transcripts if possible. The Survey of Pakistan has already provided satellite images of the pre-flood and post-flood situation of the Indus.
Marvi Memon had named the defence ministry, saying Shahbaz airbase in Jacobabad could not be used for badly-needed relief operations because it was under the control of foreign forces.