LHC Summons Wasa MD Over Arsenic In Water
The Lahore High Court on Wednesday summoned the Managing Director Water and Sanitation Authority (Wasa) for August 17 in a suo motu case against the presence of arsenic in tube-wells of Lahore.
Earlier, Advocate Muteen-ul-Haq, who filed a petition in the case, informed the court that due to dirty drinking water, peoples of Lahore were suffering from hepatitis and other diseases.
Another petitioner Advocate Muhammad Sohail Dar pointed out that the Punjab government had given funds to Wasa for providing clean drinking water to citizens but these funds were lapsed due to negligence on the part of the concerned authorities.
Wasa’s Deputy Managing Director (Admin) Abdul Hameed, present in the court, expressed inability to answer the queries of the lawyers by saying he was only in-charge of the administration side and the managing director would be in a better position to update the court in this regard.
At this, the chief justice directed the MD Wasa to appear in person on next hearing. In this case, MD Wasa Dr. Javed Iqbal had already submitted a preliminary report confirming contamination of arsenic, a poisonous chemical, in most of the tube-wells beyond permissible limit.
The CJ had taken a suo motu notice on a news item which stated that Environmental Protection Department through a report revealed that out of 392, 253 tube-wells of the Wasa were supplying arsenic contaminated water to citizens.
Four drug pushers convicted: AN anti-narcotics court on Wednesday convicted four drug pushers.
The court awarded 33 months jail term each to Muhammad Imran and Ashfaque. The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had arrested them in 2009 and recovered 13.4 kilograms of hashish and 2.5 kilograms of opium from their possession. The court, dealing with another case, awarded three and a half years jail term to Abid Hussain as he was found guilty of possessing 3.6 kilogram hashish. The court also imposed fine of Rs 200,000 on the convict. Meanwhile, the court has also convicted a drug pusher, Riaz, for one year jail and imposed fine of Rs 100,000 on him. The ANF had arrested Riaz in 2009 and had seized 12,000 gram hashish.