Lahore (April 08, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Sunday rejected the report submitted by the and said that everyone will be held accountable and every penny of the people will be returned to the national kitty.
He made these remarks while heading a two member bench on suo moto notice into the Clean water case at the Lahore Registry. The court has summoned the National Accountability Bureau’s prosecutor general on April 14 to look into the case.
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Appearing before the court, the company’s former CEO, Waseem Ajmal, said that the Punjab chief minister directed the replacement of local experts with foreigners, adding that the provincial chief executive was not even legally permitted to give directions to the company.
Referring to the hiring of individuals from the private sector as well as foreign experts in the public organisation, Chief Justice Nisar remarked that those who made these hirings will have to return the money from their own pocket.
The court ruled that all the companies’ officers will get the same salaries as government officials at the same scale.“Citizens did not get a drop of water despite spending of Rs4 billion on the project,” the chief secretary admitted before the court, adding that instead of improving, the performance of the company came down.
The apex court also questioned the inclusion of provincial minister Zaeem Qadri’s brother and wife in the company’s board of directors.
“So much was spent on public advertisements but nothing was done on the ground,” Chief Justice Nisar remarked further.