ISLAMABAD - A petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday against the government’s alleged criminal negligence in taking preventive measures to reduce the damages of the current havoc caused by the floods.

Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi directed the petitioner to include the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Federal Flood Commission as respondents in the petition.  The CJ IHC issued these directions on a petition moved by Barrister M. Dawood Ghazanavi through his counsel Kokab Iqbal Advocate and made Secretary Cabinet Division and Secretary Water and Power as respondents.

Narrating the flood disaster problems, he stated that the current floods have caused loss of human lives and wastage of agricultural commodities worth billions of rupees in Pakistan.

Talking to The Nation, Barrister Dawood told that they contended before the court that the concerned government departments ignored the reports from the Forecast Department about the upcoming monsoon and floods.

He said that the government should be asked that why it has failed to halt India from constructing Kishanganga dam and Baglihar dam on our rivers. Therefore, he said, Indus Water Treaty should be revived. The petitioner argued in the petition that the Punjab government has not implemented the recommendations of the Judicial Commission which was set up to investigate the 2010 floods. “had the proposals been followed, the losses in the current deluge could have been minimized,” maintained Dawood. He prayed to the court to take action against the officials and authorities responsible for the havoc caused by recent floods and directed the government to implement the flood enquiry report prepared by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah in 2010.