ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday warned India over stealing Pakistan waters in a veiled reference while hearing a case.
CJP ordered Punjab Irrigation Department to submit a report by January 4 in a case pertaining to alleged water theft by India.
The bench headed by Justice Nisar heard a petition alleging that India had been stealing water from Pakistan via River Ravi and Abbasiya Link Canal.
During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that “we [Pakistan] won’t let India steal water from Pakistan”.
In addition, the chief justice questioned Punjab Irrigation Department Secretary Ali Murtaza whether the provincial government was aware of the water theft and what steps had they taken to resolve the issue.
The top judge remarked that water from these channels must be preserved as it is essential for farmers for purposes of irrigation.
He cautioned that whoever tries to steal Pakistan’s water shall bear consequences. “We shall lodge complaints against those who exploit us,” the chief justice maintained.