Punjab

Clean water case: Shehbaz Sharif to appear before Supreme Court today

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will appear before the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry today after being summoned in the suo motu case on contaminated water.
Hearing the case on Saturday, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar summoned Shehbaz after expressing displeasure over a Punjab government report which revealed that 540 million gallons of untreated water was being disposed of in Ravi River. 
During the hearing, the chief justice stated that if the court can summon the Sindh chief minister in a similar case in Karachi, why can’t it do the same in Punjab. 
Meanwhile, the court also directed Punjab Chief Secretary Captain (retd) Zahid Saeed to submit a report on the clean water issue within seven days.
“If this is happening in Lahore, what will be the situation in other cities of Punjab,” the chief justice remarked, adding that “the chief minister should tell us what he is doing for draining the polluted water”.
Sources informed Geo News that the Punjab chief minister is expected to appear before the court at 11am and has consulted with provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah on the issue.
The chief justice is hearing several suo motu cases on issues of public welfare, including exorbitant fees at educational institutes, state of public hospitals and provision of clean water in Lahore and Karachi. 
The court will also hear today its suo motu case on placing of security barricades in public spaces.