Water reserves have decreased to alarming level in Pakistan: CJP Nisar

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday has said that water is life and arduous efforts are needed to save the country from becoming water scarce.

Addressing the opening session of two-day international symposium on ‘Creating a water secure Pakistan’ in Islamabad, CJP said water is what life is made for and humans can live without food, but cannot survive without water.

He said unfortunately, no dedicated efforts were made during the past 40 years to construct dams and water reservoirs in the country. He said water reserves in Pakistan have decreased to an alarming level and if drastic measures are not taken now, Pakistan could run dry by 2025.

Mian Saqib Nisar said judiciary cannot remain oblivious to this issue as it has the obligation to protect the rights of ordinary citizens. He said we took this issue and passed judgment, urging the executive to play its role for construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam.

He said the dam fund was created while keeping in mind that country has not much capital to construct large dams. There was an overwhelming response from the public and even children and pensioners made contributions in this fund.

The CJP said the sensitization of issue at the national level has made the nation realize the importance of water conservation and management. Even in ordinary day life, people have started thinking of not to waste this precious source of life.