Before retirement: Will leave dam fund in secure hands, says Justice Nisar



staff report


Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said the dam fund is the property of the public, “and I will make sure to hand it over to secure hands before I leave”.

Addressing a dam fundraising gathering in London, the CJP said no dam was built for 40 years, “doesn’t this come under criminal negligence.”

“If people allow, we can re-impose withholding tax on prepaid mobile cards and the amount generated through collection would be deposited to the dam fund,” he suggested.

Justice Nisar was of the view that fundraising for dams had become a movement across Pakistan.

The CJP said Sikhs from India alone donated 50,000 dollars for construction of dams in Pakistan.

Heaping praise on Pakistanis living abroad, he said: “In case of any crisis, overseas Pakistanis come upfront to help their country.”

The CJP said the existence of any society was dependent on stability and provision of a system of justice.

He stated that mineral water companies used to pay only one paisa tax per four litres of water, but the Supreme Court intervened into the matter and enhanced tax to Rs1.

“I have even forgotten the number of suo motu notices I‘ve taken,” he stated, while describing the actions ordered by the apex court to ensure provision of justice and basic rights to citizens.

The CJP underlined that he had no interest in personal publicity.

“But the issues prompted me to take a step ahead to work for its resolution.”

Justice Nisar, however, added that provision of fundamental rights to citizens was not the authority of the Supreme Court, but it certainly was the responsibility of the apex court.

He also shed light on the looming water crisis in the country.

Regarding dispute over a contentious dam, the CJP said a day would come soon when all four brothers [provinces] will come on the same page for the construction of Kalabagh dam.