SC takes up Kalabagh Dam issue, fixes case hearing as water crisis deepens

  • Water crisis is our biggest issue at the moment: Top judge
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has fixed the case regarding the construction of Kalabagh Dam for hearing next week as the water crisis is becoming severe.

During the hearing of a case on Monday regarding the situation of the water resources in the country and construction of new dams, Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked that the apex court would prioritize the water crisis from now onwards.

‘Water crisis is our biggest issue at the moment and we are keeping an eye on the issue,’ asserted the top judge.

He warned that the concerned officials should get ready as the cases regarding water would be heard in respective registries of the apex court next week.

“If we can’t give water to our children, we can’t give them anything,” remarked the judge/

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The apex court has also summoned former WAPDA chief Zafar Mehmood and Shamul Mulk to assist the bench in the cases.

According to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, Pakistan ranks third amongst countries facing water shortages and if the situation is not dealt professionally, the country may have no water by 2025 – just seven years down the lane.

In another report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), released in September,  the country touched the “water stress line” in 1990 before crossing the “water scarcity line” in 2005 and it would approach “absolute scarcity” levels of water by 2025.