Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday fixed the case regarding the construction of Kalabagh Dam for hearing next week.
During the hearing of a case regarding the situation of the water resources in the country and construction of new dams, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the apex court would prioritize the water crisis from now onwards.
‘Water crisis is our biggest issue at the moment and we are keeping an eye on the issue,’ asserted the top judge.
He warned that the concerned officials should get ready as the cases regarding water would be heard in respective registries of the apex court next week.
“If we can’t give water to our children, we can’t give them anything,” the CJP observed.
The apex court has also summoned former WAPDA chief Zafar Mehmood and Shamul Mulk to assist the bench in the cases.
According to reports by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan will reach absolute water scarcity by the year 2025.
Water shortage is common in Pakistan, especially in port city Karachi, where summer months bring about increased power cuts coupled with severe water shortage.