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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued directives that the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams should start immediately, and appealed to the general public, including Pakistanis residing abroad, to donate for the cause.

The apex court formed a committee under the chairmanship of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chief to monitor the progress of construction and directed that an account be opened with the SC's registrar in which all donations will be collected. It also said that all those donating for the cause will not be asked of their sources of income.

Moreover, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar initiated the donation process by announcing Rs1 million donation for the cause during the hearing of the case pertaining to the construction of Kalabagh dam.

"It was said that 'even the Supreme Court's father' cannot construct dams," the CJP noted, reminding the naysayers that the Constitution had given the court the power to make it happen.


Justice Nisar hoped that "the passion that was seen during the 1965 war [with India] would be visible again for the construction of dams".

The four-member special bench, comprising Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar, ordered the Wapda chairman-led committee to present a report after completing the formalities within three weeks.

Earlier, court aide Mujeeb Pirzada said that only the benefits of Kalabagh dam were being described ignoring the fact that there were some serious demerits to its construction.

Pirzada explained that the construction of the dam would mean that the supply of water to other areas would be affected. He also claimed that the construction of Kalabagh dam would adversely impact sugarcane and rice production.

"But dams are the nation's need and we need to build them," the CJP responded at Pirzada's concerns about livelihoods of farmers being affected because of the dam.

Meanwhile, the secretary finance urged the court to issue an order to increase the price of water for agriculture to Rs1,500 per acre which, he said, would bring annual revenues of Rs70 billion which could be used to construct a dam in 10 years.

The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) briefed the court that the country has a storage capacity of 13.7 million acre-feet (MAF) of the 138 MAF of water flowing into the country. The briefing said that the construction of two more dams will generate a capacity to store additional 7 MAF of water.

It noted that the country's needs stand at 25 MAF of water and a new dam would be required every ten years after the construction of two new dams.

Details of dams revealed in today's hearing:

  • Diamer-Bhasha dam: To be built in KP and Gilgit-Baltistan falling in Kohistan and Bhasha areas. Will have the capacity to store 6.4 MAF of water and create 4,500MW electricity.
  • Mohmand dam: To be built on Swat river in Manda area. Wil have the capacity to store 0.676 MAF of water and create 800MW electricity.
"We should have confidence in ourselves," the CJP said, adding: "It is possible that we get more money than the required amount." Justice Nisar also disclosed that Rs900 billion "are going to arrive soon" but said that matter should be kept secret for now.

During his briefing, former Wapda chairman Shamsul Mulk said that while 46,000 dams had been constructed in the past century across the globe, Pakistan had only constructed three

The chief justice asked him whether the construction of Kalabagh was inevitable, at which Mulk responded that Kalabagh dam was the need of the hour for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Justice Nisar then said that because of it being controversial, "we should look at the other two dams" at which Mulk said that it would be good if Diamer-Bhasha and Mohamand dams are constructed.

"We are thankful that you have consented to the construction of the other two dams," he told the former Wapda chairman, adding that his expertise would be required in future.

Towards the end of the hearing, Attorney General Khalid Jawed said that the debate around the dams would continue unless the court issues an order for their construction. He added that the bureaucracy needs to brought into action and that the institutions would have to act if the court issues an order.

The court then ordered to immediately begin construction of the two dams
 

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"We should have confidence in ourselves," the CJP said, adding: "It is possible that we get more money than the required amount." Justice Nisar also disclosed that Rs900 billion "are going to arrive soon" but said that matter should be kept secret for now.
why are you telling everyone and then asking to keep it secret :lol: Anyway Rs900b from amnesty scheme? that will be huge lol

if its happen i will be grateful of CJ
This CJ is dramabaz but at least not corrupt like Chaudhry Iftikhar. Consensus on Bhasha and Munda dam was already developed, only issue is will of Pakistan government to spend money. Maybe now Bhasha will be build on war footing who ever come in government.
 

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Only issue for not building these two dams is funding funding funding.
It is an excellent initiative.
Now all those keyboard warriors forwarding emotional messages and working online as chief executive of kalabagh dam.
They must donate as much money as they can. Now is the time, nothing would happen by sharing emotional post, but something would happen by denoting. Now is the excellent chance for these emotionals keyboard warriors.
 

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I only trust if account is managed by army.
Last time we gave money for floods to Zardari govt.'s account and probably all of it was laundered to UK.
 

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Only issue for not building these two dams is funding funding funding.
It is an excellent initiative.
Now all those keyboard warriors forwarding emotional messages and working online as chief executive of kalabagh dam.
They must donate as much money as they can. Now is the time, nothing would happen by sharing emotional post, but something would happen by denoting. Now is the excellent chance for these emotionals keyboard warriors.
I'm sorry but Pakistan government can spare Rs50b every year for Bhasha dam from its own budget. Idea of asking for donations is stupid for national project. If CJ wait for donations then it will never be build.
 

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Not CJs job to construct dams
Absolutely agree with you, but in the last 10 years these two status quo parties didn't pay any attention to providing clean drinking water to the public, situation is such CJ had to take matter into his own hands on emergency basis as Water right now is matter of life and death which Godfather and Zardari dont give a dime.
 

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I'm sorry but Pakistan government can spare Rs50b every year for Bhasha dam from its own budget. Idea of asking for donations is stupid for national project. If CJ wait for donations then it will never be build.
these projects were on hold due to lake of funding on the other hand international financial institutions were hesitant to provide any financial assistance in this regard due to incompetence of our political govts as well as some other factors including indian pressure.... atleast CJ has initiated something and where there is a will there are ways ....
 

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