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Billions spent on foreign visits but no money for provision of water to masses: SC

Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani of Supreme Court of Pakistan in his remarks said that billions of rupees are being spent on the foreign visits of president and prime minister but while the funds for supply of potable water to the people not being given.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan was hearing the suo motto case pertaining to high levels of contamination in Manchar Lake.

The apex court showed anger on Sindh government by sending the report of Manchar Lake pollution by post.

Attabad lake: Lowering of water level to cost Rs660m

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh held a meeting with Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and the National Highway Authority (NHA) to discuss the progress of two projects regarding Attabad Lake as well as the re-alignment of different sections of Karakorum Highway (KKH).

The minister stressed the timely completion of the projects and discussed different financial matters faced by FWO, NHA and other departments concerned regarding the projects.

Saro Karez – reviving indigenous water management systems

Water News: 

The water discharge from Saro Karez reduced significantly after the Pakistan drought of 1998-2002 and the devastating earthquake of October 2008.

Within the project site, which lies on the border of two districts of Balochistan, Pishin and Ziarat, more than 300 households depend directly on the Saro Karez for agriculture and livestock husbandry. Karez systems are traditional practices of water tapping and channelling in Pakistan. The damaged Karez is the communities' only source of water in the dry region of the Saro Valley.