Former CJP urges households to save water


LAHORE: Terming the country’s water crisis as detrimental, former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has urged households to start saving water.

Addressing a ceremony here on Monday, the former apex court judge said the entire country was facing a water crisis and the incumbent government should relay the plans of making dams to the general public.

Nisar added that he experienced the water problem when he was in two provincial headquarters Karachi and Quetta. “During a hearing in Quetta, I found out that the level of water has fallen below 2,000 meters. If we do not tackle this crisis the people of Quetta will have to migrate.”

He also told the participants that as chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC), he ordered the creation of three dams for Punjab and two for Sindh. “Rawal dam provided water to Rawalpindi but now housing societies have been made around it and their waste is being disposed of in the fresh water reservoir.”

Taking a jibe at the past governments, Nisar said that other nations had reached the moon but Pakistan had even failed to construct dams. “The prevailing water crisis has become a matter of life and death for us,” he said.

The former judge informed the people that he also took the mineral water companies to task because they paid a very less amount for extracting water from the ground.

“Water is a blessing of nature and it sustains life, but Pakistan is facing an acute shortage of water”, he said.