A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case pertaining to River Ravi at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.
Punjab Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed appeared before the court.
As the hearing went under way, the chief justice turned to the provincial minister and asked, “Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed Sb who is in power in Punjab?” To this, the minister responded, “The provincial government is that of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Naya Pakistan.”
At this, Justice Nisar remarked, “We don’t know if Naya Pakistan is to be made or not.”
“The whole city’s polluted water is being dumped in River Ravi. Till date, no work regarding water filtration has been done. Who has to do this work?” the top judge asked.
“All departments keep pointing fingers at each other. Water filtration work needs to be done on an emergency basis,” he added.
“Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed Sb do something. This is an important issue,” the chief justice further said. Justice Nisar continued, “Form a committee and submit a report within one week on the work being done for filtration of water.”
Ordering that a report be submitted within one week, the court adjourned the hearing of the case.