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January 31, 2018

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CJP summons all CJs to discuss CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, on Tuesday summoned a meeting of chief justices of all the high courts so as to develop a mechanism in dealing with legal disputes with regard to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that he was inviting all the chief justices for adressing CPEC related litigation for a meeting on Saturday in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday imposed a fine on the Punjab government for failing to submit a report regarding the scale of water utilisation from a pond in the Katas Raj temple through sub-soil wells by nearby cement factories in a suo motu case.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, imposed Rs100,000 fine on the provincial government for not complying with its directive given on December 13, 2017 regarding the report.

The court had taken up the case based on reports that the Katas Raj temple complex pond was drying up because the cement factories nearby were drawing a huge amount of water through a number of sub-soil wells.

During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that the pond and the temple at Katas Raj needed to be restored. He remarked that the court wanted to resolve the matter as the water in the pond was decreasing due to use by the cement factories, which should make other arrangements.

The chief justice observed that the cement factories could continue to use the pond water for a certain time period, but they should make alternative arrangements as the SC would order closure of the tubewells. He ordered the factories to give the court a time-line for making alternate arrangements.

 

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