CJP hints at using Article 6 against those who attempt to halt dams construction

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Saturday hinted at using of Article 6 of the Constitution against those who attempt to hinder the construction of dams.
He was heading a two-judge bench of the apex court, which justice heard a suo moto case of mineral water companies using underground water. “I have started studying Article 6 of the Constitution and anyone who attempts to block the construction of dams will be tried under it,” he said.
Article 6 of the Constitution states: “Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.”
The lawyer representing the federal government informed the court that the mineral water companies were paying the government Rs0.25/litre and selling it at Rs50/litre. However, the WASA MD said that mineral water companies were extracting underground water for free before 2018.
The chief justice remarked that the companies should determine a rate and said, “we will have to check if there are any minerals in mineral water,” he added.
“Water is more expensive than gold now and we will not allow its theft,” he remarked and said, “let me tell you one thing, I have no other purpose than to serve the nation.”
The court then summoned chief executive officers of all mineral water companies and adjourned the hearing of the case till Sunday 11am.

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