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Drought Deaths: Our heads should bow down with shame: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said that our heads should bow down with shame over the deaths of children in Thar, ARY News reports on Monday. 

A Supreme Court bench was hearing suo moto case of the deaths of children in Tharparkar due to hunger and malnutrition.

"How many children died by hunger?" The Chief Justice asked the Advocate General of Sindh. The Sindh government's counsel responded that all children didn't die by drought. Some of them died of cold and pneumonia. 

Chief Justice Jillani said that if the media hadn't disclose, the children would have been dying in silence. The advocate general said that the ailing children not admitted at hospitals. "Now you are holding the parents responsible for deaths of their children", the chief justice retorted.

Advocate General Sindh said that the drought conditions regularly hit Thar region. Justice Azmat remarked that the drought comes each year and the people be provided food every year, why not this time? Sixty children died amid ignorance of the government who is responsible for it, he asked. 

Sindh's home secretary informed the court the the inquiry being carried out to fix the responsibility. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister are visiting Tharparkar today, he said. 

"People need food not the presence of Prime Minister or Chief Minister," Justice Azmat replied. 

The court sought a detailed report from Sindh government about total number of deaths due to drought.

The bench later adjourned hearing of the case till tomorrow.  

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