Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Friday remarked quarrying of Margala Hills and cutting of trees from Lowera Mountain is very serious matter.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said if the process to explode the hills with devices is not stopped then they would take action against the concerned Superintendent of Police. The court said quarrying and cutting of trees on the mountains proving disaster therefore the court not remain oblivion with this issue.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Friday heard the suo moto case. Attorney General for Pakistan informed the court that Margalla and Galyat range some portion comes under Islamabad and some Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa. He said that the authorities had leased the mountain FECTO Cement Company, which had been cancelled now.
The chief justice remarked that the quarry of mountain and explosion of hills with devices is very serious issue. He said that under the patronage of local MNA the trees are being cut from the hills and stone crushing destroying mountains.
The chief justice said: “We have seen the video in which media team that cover it was targeted the cameras were snatched from the cameramen and told them they have bought the hill.” The chief justice said that due to explosive device the cracks appeared in the nearby houses.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim said that the government was ignorant of the blasts. He said that if in future the explosive devices used to cut the mountain then the concern SP would not remain in uniform.
The court directed the attorney general to personally take interest in the matter and make sure that explosive is not used to cut the mountain and the concern SP give affidavit that in future the explosive would not be used.
The court issued notices to AGP and Inspector General of Islamabad and Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa. The court also issues notice to Environment department with the direction to submit report regarding the matter. The case was adjourned for one week.