LAHORE  : Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Friday ordered Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) to pay Rs 1.5 billion liabilities to the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) within eight weeks. A two-member bench headed by the top judge was hearing an application submitted by the JJVL seeking directions to SSGC for resuming gas supply to the plant. Advocate Khawaja Tariq Rahim representing the JJVL pleaded with the court to issue directions for resuming gas supply to the plant. He said that 72,000 metric tonnes of LPG had to be imported due to closure of the plant on high rates. However, the chief justice observed that the JJVL must pay its liabilities to the SSGC for resumption of gas supply. The CJ remarked, "We cannot make a decision which is against the public interest.” The counsel told the bench that the JJVL had admitted Rs 1.5 billion as liabilities to the SSGC whereas Rs 1.8 billion amount was disputed between the parties. At this, the chief justice ordered the JJVL to pay Rs 1.5 billion to the SSGC within eight weeks.

The court rejected a request for a period of 12 weeks for the purpose.

The chief justice observed that the plant was run on a stay order from Sindh High Court for a period of six years. The court has summoned the case record as well as record of disputed amount, he added.