Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar attended the National Symposium on “Alarming Population Growth in Pakistan : Call for Action” at Supreme Court of Pakistan on 5th December, 2018, organized by the Law and Justice Commission. All four provincial chief ministers attended the day-long symposium.
PM Imran while addressing the gathering appreciated the efforts of Chief justice and said that Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar ‘did what they previous governments should have done’.
PM Imran began his speech on a lighter note, saying: “I am grateful that I have been called here, not at Court No.1.” “You asked why democratic government had not thought of water. They were not thinking beyond five years. We are facing these problems due to short term thinking.” “The basis for the state of Medina was rule of law. In western countries rule of law was established from democracy.” He said that Panama case verdict was very important and it laid the foundation of ‘Naya Pakistan’. “The influential came inside the noose due to the verdict.”
Speaking on the issue of population, the PM said “I remember when I was young there would be a temperature difference from one area of Lahore to another. There were green areas in the city. People would drink water from their tap, Ravi used to be a nice river and now it is a garbage dump. The city is all concrete now.” “Pakistan is number seven on the list of nations which will be most affected by climate change.” The rate at which population is growing and cities are spreading is having a devastating impact on our environment, said the prime minister.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar presenting an appreciation shield to Prime Minister Imran Khan
“A dictator would try to become a democrat and an elected leader would try to become a dictator.” “Only that society progresses which upholds supremacy of the law,” said the premier. The prime minster termed establishing the rule of law by the chief justice as a good step. “No one can come into government and think they have absolute power anymore.” “The Capital Development Authority informed the Supreme Court about my Bani Gala residence. This would not have been done before.”
The CJP had raised the issue of alarming population growth rate and taken taken suo moto notice of the matter.
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17 November, 2019