People dying of Manchar lake pollution: CJP


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry on Monday said people were dying due to pollution in Manchar lake, but the Sindh government has grown insensitive.
He said, “The matter will not run now only through the postures of sitting, speaking and disposing. Contaminated water is devouring precious lives and no one is realizing the situation even an iota. People would not have died today had rulers remember commandment of Hazrat Umar (RA). Lives of 50000 people are at stake and the officers are busy in gossiping and arranging parties while sitting in air conditioned rooms Government of Sindh should tell what it was doing to provide immediate relief.”
Justice Amir Hani Muslim observed, “Not only Manchar lake is becoming polluted due to inefficiency of institutions but also the canals of clean drinking water are being affected adversely… we cannot see people dying. We will not care for any one.”
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), led by the CJP, took up Manchar lake pollution case on Monday.
Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sajid Bhatti, the Sindh advocate general (AG) and the Sindh Irrigation Department director general appeared in the court.
Bhatti told the court the federal government was ready to provide funds in this regard.
While adjourning the hearing until Tuesday the court has sought reply from the Sindh government.