CJP expresses displeasure on rescheduling dam ceremony without being informed

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib
Nisar on Monday expressed displeasure over rescheduling in the
groundbreaking ceremony of the Mohmand Dam, and not being informed
accordingly, and hinted that he might not participate in it.

The ceremony was rescheduled from from January 2 to January 13.

Meanwhile, the Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda offered
him an apology on behalf of the government.

Reportedly, the CJP presided over a hearing in the case concerning the
construction of the Nai Gaj Dam in Sindh, and subsequently summoned
chief ministers of all provinces to appear before the court in the next
hearing for a possible resolution on the matter.

“The case has been pending and was being delayed if the court had not
considered it,” he said, warning that if the Ecnec meeting was not held
in time, the court would summon ministers on a short notice. The court
adjourned the hearing till Friday.

Later, the CJP presided over proceedings of a case on the Diamer-Bhasha
and Mohmand dams and issued directives to the chairman of WAPDA for
submitting feasibility report and details on the projects.

Besides, he has ordered the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to examine,
and subsequently inform the court whether a tax could be imposed on
mobile phone cards for the construction of dams.

“We had suspended collection of tax on mobile phone cards, while many
suggested that the amount could have been utilized in the construction
of dams,” he remarked, adding that the annual amount was Rs36 billion.

He stated that the required amount could be fetched from taxes

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