* Express Tribune: Chief Justice: Population control bigger issue than dams.
Chief Justice: Population control bigger issue than dams
Hasnaat Malik, January 3, 2019, Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD : Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that Pakistan’s burgeoning population and its control are a bigger issue for Pakistan than the water scarcity faced by the country.
During the hearing of a suo motu case on the country’s increasing population, Justice Nisar added that Pakistan’s resources are shrinking and land available for agricultural is diminishing.
The attorney general informed the bench that a digital media run awareness campaign is underway. Justice Nisar commented that the authorities still do not have a comprehensive plan on the matter and added that the Supreme Court (SC) will outline steps the government needs to take to tackle the issue.
The apex court the adjourned the hearing till January 14.
On December 5, the chief justice hosted a population growth symposium in Islamabad. Prime Minister Imran Khan was invited as chief guest at the conference.
In July, the apex court bench headed by Justice Nisar took suo motu action on increase in population. The chief justice, on the occasion, remarked that there is dire need to formulate a uniform and effective policy to curb population growth.