ISLAMABAD: On Sunday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered chemical examination and forensic audit of samples from mineral water companies.
Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nasir, a two-member bench of the apex court, was hearing a suo motu notice regarding the sale of drinking water.
The court observed that it was time to give back to the country. “Companies drilling to access groundwater have made profits worth billions of rupees yet they paid nearly nothing to the government,” the chief justice said.
Justice Nisar remarked that a litre of water is sold for Rs50 but only one-eighth of this price is given to the government. “An international mineral water company earned Rs6 billion in profit in just a year. Anyone using natural water resources needs to be taxed,” he said.