SC constitutes commission to verify facilities for Thar children

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday directed to form a commission which will verify the facilities being provided to children in Tharparkar, which has been witnessing highest number of mortality ratio in kids, especially the new born children.

On the outset of proceedings, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was informed about the facilities being provided to kids in order to stop the fatalities of children due to lack of health facilities and malnutrition.

“There is no such thing as governance in Sindh,” chief justice remarked while reprimanding the health authorities. “Private hospital report has blamed the former provincial government’s negligence for the deaths of children in Mithi and Tharparkar,” CJP said and then asked as where was the ex-CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah. CJP directed Murad Ali Shah to appear in person to apprise the court of situation.

“With this performance Syed Murad Ali Shah is contesting election,” Justice Nisar asked?

Sindh health secretary Fazal Pechuho submitted that if the chief secretary would listen to him he can do something. “The entire system has been destroyed and how much can I do all by myself?” Pechuho asked.

When asked about the number of doctors and medical experts required in the province, Pechudo informed that he had recommended hiring of 6,000 doctors and medical experts but the issue remains same as doctors from Karachi and other major cities are unwilling to serve in the par plug Tharpakar.

Justice Nisar then directed the Sindh Public Service Commission to hire doctors and medical experts on an urgent basis. The CJP also ordered the provincial government to establish a drug testing laboratory within two months.

Further, the apex court formed a commission to probe the actions taken by the Sindh Ministry of Health. The court ordered Additional Inspector General of the Counter-Terrorism Department Sanaullah Abbasi to determine who is responsible for the deaths of the children and present a report within two weeks.

Earlier, the bench heard a petition to move the loading and unloading of coal at Karachi Port. According to the petitioner the coal was hazardous to the health of people living in Keemari and other nearby communities.

Chief justice ordered that the shipment of coal shall be shifted to port Qasim, second port in Karachi’s outskirt where there is large capacity of storing coal which arrives at the port for further dispensing in the country.

The court also heard the suo motu case regarding the use of luxury vehicles by federal and provincial ministers and government officers beyond their entitlement.

Sindh Advocate General Barrister Zameer Hussain Ghumro informed the court that 149 luxury vehicles in the use of ministers and other officers beyond their entitlement had been recovered from the Sindh government.

He further informed that Rs25, 000 per day will be charged for the use of vehicles for field work and special assignments. “This means that the Sindh government will now be renting out cars,” the CJP remarked.

“The notification allows ministers to use the vehicles all day long,” CJP observed, declaring the notification null and void, the CJP adjourned the hearing of the case till June 28.


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