LAHORE A constitutional petition has been moved before the Supreme Courts Lahore Registry, praying for a direction to the Council of Common Interests for building consensus among all the federating units on the construction of Kalabagh Dam in the interest of protecting agriculture and economy from colossal loss. The petition was filed by Mian Fazal Ahmad, President, Engineers Study Forum and Chairman, Pakistan AgThe Council is an independent body works under the Constitution to safeguard interests of the provinces as well as the federation of Pakistan by addressing apprehensions on both sides and reducing their differences on national issues and policy matters, the petitioners said. They lamented that this body had so far not played due role on KBD project. They said economy was in shambles facing external debt to the tune of $58 billion and a constant government borrowing from the State Bank, which has soared up to Rs 327 billion during 2010-11. The jugular vein of the national economy being in the clutches of the foreign lenders, nation is fast losing economic and political independence. The country could deliver itself from this grip if it developed its own resources and infrastructure, and KBD is a vital project to that. They said KBD had potential to revitalise the ailing economy with water storage capacity of 6.1 MAF (million acre feet) and cheaper hydal power generation of 5,000 megawatts electricity worth Rs 200 billion annually) but it had been put in the cold shortage due to lack of consensus. The petitioners said had KBD been built in 1993, it could have factored in saving 2,737 billion cubic feet of gas by 2010 by meeting the energy needs through hydal power. They have urged the SC for 'declaratory judgment under Article 184(1), 184(3), 153, 154, 157 of the Constitution to the federal government for placing the issue of constructing KBD before the CCI to build a consensus on the same in the larger national interest. DIG to probe: District and Sessions Court Judge Abdul Waheed Khan on Monday ordered DIG Operations to look into the alleged abduction of one Saddam Hussain, son of a petitioner Mrs Riaz Munir, and take action against the SHO South Cantonment and other respondents after probe. As per habeas corpus petition details, the mother of the 22-year-old missing person Saddam Hussain filed the petition alleging that on January 12, 2011, SHO of South Cantonment police along with some other three police officials raided at her house and lifted his son along with his car (LZZ-3380).