Experts say Bhasha Dam shoudl be constructed
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar. – A file photo

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday appealed the nation to donate for construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams. He also donated Rs1 million for the cause and said that those who would donate for the purpose would not be asked to reveal their source of income.

He issued directives that the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams should start immediately and appealed to the general public, including Pakistanis residing abroad, to donate for the cause.

The apex court formed a committee under the chairmanship of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chief to monitor the progress of construction.

He directed that an account be opened with the SC’s registrar in which all donations will be collected and reminded the naysayers that the Constitution had given the court the power to make it happen.

A four-member special bench that also comprised Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar asked the Wapda chairman-led committee to present a report after completing the formalities within three weeks.

Earlier, court aide Mujeeb Pirzada said that only the benefits of Kalabagh dam were being described ignoring the fact that there were some serious demerits to its construction.