–Justice Saqib Nisar donates Rs1 lac during dams fund campaign
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has spoken against the notion of acquiring loans for the construction of dams in the country, saying that everything will be done through own resources.
He made the statement while talking to a private news channel here on Sunday.
He said PM Imran Khan and the Supreme Court have given a guarantee that the funds donated by the nation for the dams will only be utilised only for their construction.
To a question, the chief justice said lawyers, bar councils and bar associations will also fully cooperate with him in the fundraising campaign.
The chief justice thanked media in the dams fund campaign and announced donating Rs 1 lac for this noble cause.
‘PAKISTANIS FULLY CAPABLE’:
On Saturday, CJP Nisar, while appreciating PM Khan’s request to overseas Pakistanis for assistance in overcoming the water crisis, said that Pakistanis are capable of constructing dams with their own resources.
He said this while holding separate meetings with a delegation of a non-government organisation and journalists.
The chief justice said that overseas Pakistanis are willing to send money for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
“We have [high] expectations from overseas Pakistanis who have always helped Pakistan in times of need,” the CJP said, adding that “we will try to protect their interests”.
About his decision to ask the public for funds to construct the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, the chief justice said, “The country has given a lot to its people and it is now time for the public to return.”
“The step that Supreme Court took has become the notion of entire public,” he said.
The CJP, who will retire in four months, said he will take up the work of guarding the dam after retirement and if need be will set up a hut and start living there.
Moreover, the CJP also stressed the need to pay back Pakistan’s external debts. “History will not forgive us if loans of Pakistan are not paid back,” he added.