Supreme Court on Saturday expressed its frustration over the alleged widespread corruption in Sindh Coal Authority (SCA) in a sou moto notice at the apex court’s Karachi Registry.
Comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Baqar, the two-member bench questioned to the Sindh Additional Advocate General (AAG) Sarwar Khan, “Do you have any idea what is being said all over the country about Sindh? We do not know where to begin to tell you what we have to hear about you in Islamabad?”
Justice Ahmed expressed grief over children dying of hunger in Thar due to lack of food and water.
“Where have Rs10-15 billion disappeared? In whose account has the money gone?” the court questioned the AAG.
The court also expressed disapproval over the authority’s failure to submit a report in the matter and gave it one month to provide details of the money trail.
“You are such cruel people. You want to take every penny for yourself. Do you have no love for your region?” Justice Ahmed asked while referring to the alleged corruption by the authority in the name of ‘developmental projects’.
“Is it our job to curtail such corruption? Where is the executive in all this? What have we been thrust into?” exclaimed the judge.
“If this money was spent on the people of Sindh, we would have seen a transformed province,” questioned the court, adding that they are aware of where the money has actually gone.
The court said that in other provinces, at least 50 per cent of the funds are spent on the people and development in the area but “in Sindh, every penny ends up being engorged”.
Expressing further disappointment, the court wondered if the matter should be sent to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
“What are you doing in service to your own province? You’ve torn Thar apart to dig for coal and destroyed the land,” said the court.
The court said the Sindh government has turned a blind eye to all of the serious problems the province is confronted with.
The court sought the details of the number of projects and the funds allotted for them be submitted before the bench. Details of progress in each project were also sought along with photographic evidence.