Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar, vowed that Supreme Court will do best to resolve the issue of water scarcity in the country. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan was hearing a petition, filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan, requesting a referendum for the construction of Kalabagh Dam in Karachi registry of Supreme Court.    

CJP said that the Supreme Court (SC) will work towards the construction of dams in the country.

Chief Justice remarked, “We will play our role in the construction of dams.”

He said, “At the moment, we are not arguing over the construction of Kalabagh Dam but are looking at how the issue of water scarcity in the country can be resolved.”

Justice Nisar, however, said that apex court will not take any decision which affects any of the petitioners. Advocate Majid Peerzada said that the issue of Kalabagh Dam is 'disputed'. "The people of the four provinces have termed the dam dangerous," advocate Peerzada said. 

Justice Nisar responded, "An alternate solution would be sought in case of conflict between four brothers."

CJP said, “Do not feel insecure, we desire to do our best to resolve the issue of water scarcity.”

He further said, “Supreme Court is the court of the center and we seek to bring everyone together not create differences.”

Chief Justice suggested that a team of experts would be formed for suggesting measures to tackle the issue of water scarcity. He said, “We are adamant that we will resolve the issue of water crisis.”

Justice Nisar asserted, “We will now move forward with the construction of dams and after Eid-ul-Fitr, SC’s Law and Justice Department will hold seminars while experts will give recommendations and SOPs will be prepared.”

The chief justice also asked the petitioner to give recommendations on how dams should be built in the country. “We will forward these recommendations to the Parliament.”

Remarking that laws can be drafted by Law and Justice Department which are then recommended to Parliament, Justice Nisar said, “If the nation gives us authority, we are ready to fulfil our role.”

“The first step towards it will be taken through our seminar which will be held in Karachi and cities across Sindh first.”