ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Friday sought a comprehensive report from National High Authority (NHA) on the proposed construction of tunnel at Margalla Hills.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, hearing the case, issued notices to the Punjab and Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa governments to submit reply on the stone crushing.

The president of Margallah Hills Society (MHS), Roedad Khan, appearing before the bench, said that Supreme Court had delivered an important judgment in 2013, but it is not being implemented. Former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry taking suo motu notice of reports that the government planned to link Islamabad with Haripur through a tunnel had delivered the judgment.

During the proceeding, the counsel for NHA Muhammad Shakeel informed that there was only a proposal for construction of tunnel, but still no work has been started. He assured the court that they would not start anything that would violate the Supreme Court judgment.

Nayyab Gardezi, appearing on behalf of Margalla Hill residents, told that those who have filed petitions against the stone crushing are being threatened and harassed by the cement factory owners. He informed that stones crushing is going on in the Punjab and the KPK border area, adding still both the provincial governments are unable to determine whether that area is in the jurisdiction of Punjab or Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa province.

Justice Jawwad said that a truck driver had written a letter to them. He stated that 60 to 65 trucks transport crush from that area to different parts of the Punjab and KPK. The court, therefore, issued notices to KPK and the Punjab.

The hearing was adjourned till 13th May. The Supreme Court on 25th October 2013 had barred the chairman CDA, chairman NHA and any other executing agency from undertaking construction of tunnel in the Margallah Hills en route to Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa, and the CDA was also restrained from granting licence of crushing stones in the Margallah Hills.

The chairman CDA was further directed to constitute a team to file a report that no activity of constructing of tunnel or crushing of stones or encroachment or any other activity in the National Park is going on.