SC to hear environmental pollution case on 23rd

ISLAMABAD –  Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will hear environmental pollution case on Saturday at the Supreme Court branch registry Karachi.

A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah will hear the environmental pollution case.

The chief justice said the coastal areas were being poisoned due to toxic industrial waste material discharged in the sea, hazardous pesticides dumping, killing and disabling the children due to some deadly chemical waste at a vacant plot of SITE Area, Karachi.  The case will be taken up for hearing on Saturday at the Supreme Court Branch Registry Karachi.

During last hearing of the case held on December 5, the bench headed by chief justice said that on the present issue, the Sindh chief secretary has apprised the court that there are two aspects of the matter, one is about the disposal of industrial waste and other is regarding municipal waste which falls within Scheme-III, however for both these categories certain adverse implications have been identified and apprised the court. The position has also been clarified by the secretary Planning and Development Commission, who represents the federal government.

However, both, the Sindh government and the secretary Planning and Development Commission are directed to submit their respective replies in writing on next hearing, highlighting as to what future plans have been made for implementation of the planned projects, meant for the disposal of industrial waste as well as municipal waste, what are the financial implications regarding each and how quickly the matter could be put in place and implemented. The hearing was adjourned untill December 23 (Saturday).

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