ISLAMABAD: On Monday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar censured Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda for changing the date of’s groundbreaking ceremony and said the prime minister saw his own schedule and changed the date without considering that we have work as well.
Vawda appeared before the court as a bench headed by the chief justice heard a case pertaining to the Nai Gaj Dam.
Expressing anger over the change in date of Mohmand Dam’s groundbreaking ceremony, the chief justice said, “You changed the date without informing us and did not even think it was appropriate to tell the top judge. The government does not even have the courtesy to ask the chief justice regarding changing the date, now I might not go to the groundbreaking ceremony.”
“The prime minister saw his schedule and changed the date, he did not see that we also have work,” he added.
Justice Nisar then asked the federal minister, “What has the government done till now other than the announcement that water will finish by 2025? We are collecting funds for you.”
PM doesn’t know how many matters are pending: CJP
In response, Vawda said, “I apologise to you on behalf of the government.” Expressing his displeasure, the chief justice said, “Now tell the prime minister to go inaugurate Mohmand Dam himself.”
At this, Vawda insisted, “No, you will have to be a part of it. We will invite you for the inauguration and I will request you to come.”
Justice Nisar then remarked, “The prime minister does not know how many matters are pending.”
Further, the top judge said that during the next hearing all four ministers should appear in court and inform it regarding what needs to be done about Nai Gaj Dam. “The matter has been pending since 2008. If you don’t want to construct this dam then tell us. We took up this case when they were incapable people in power, now the government has qualified and capable people.”
After the government assured that it will grant initial approval for the project by Thursday, the government adjourned the hearing till Friday.