Clean water case: Shehbaz Sharif to appear before Supreme Court today

The chief justice heard suo moto case in Lahore Registry over barriers erected in Model Town

The chief justice heard suo moto case in Lahore Registry over barriers erected in Model Town

Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has made a decision to appear in the Lahore Registry of Supreme Court of Pakistan for the hearing in the contaminated water case, Samaa reported.

Hearing the case on Saturday, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar summoned Shehbaz after expressing displeasure over a Punjab government report which revealed that 540 million gallons of untreated water was being disposed of in Ravi River.

"If the Sindh chief minister can appear in the court, why not the Punjab CM", the chief justice remarked.

Submitting his reply, Zahid Saeed said: "The chief minister is busy in an event in Badshahi Mosque today due to which he couldn't appear before the court immediately", while assuring the court that the chief minister will appear on Sunday.

Sources informed Geo News that the Punjab chief minister is expected to appear before the court at 11am and has consulted with provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah on the issue.

At the previous hearing, the chief justice asked the Punjab chief secretary to explain where hefty amount earmarked for provision of potable water was being spent.

The court will also hear today its suo motu case on placing of security barricades in public spaces.

According to a report submitted by the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), water samples collected from the chief justice's chamber were found to be contaminated.