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May 12, 2012

President’s action reflects collapse of administration, says CJ

World

AFP
May 12, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Heading a two-member bench of the Supreme Court during the hearing of a case lodged against two Rental Power Projects (RPPs) on Friday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that the emergency meeting summoned by President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the electricity crisis was indicative of institutional and administrative breakdown in the country.
The chief justice maintained that the electricity crisis plaguing the country was so severe that it had forced the president to convene an emergency meeting, and this was an indication of the governmentís failure.
The case filed by Khawaja Asif against the power projects of Nandipur and Checho Ki Mallian was heard by the SC bench comprising the chief justice and Justice Tariq Pervez.
Lawyer Khalid Ranjha from the Ministry of Law requested for additional time to file objections to the Justice (retd) Rahmat Hussain Jafri Commission report regarding the two projects, while the Ministry of Water and Power lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim maintained before the court that he would not file his objections and would instead file his reply.
Adjourning the hearing for an indefinite period, the court directed that the Law Ministry, in addition to filing its objections to the commissionís report, should also furnish the court with a list of those responsible for the delay in the completion of power projects. The court would issue a notice to those accused. The court also directed the Ministry of Water and Power to take steps to complete the projects.