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SC seeks report from IWC in petition against River Indus water theft

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Saturday issued a notice to the Indus Water Commission (IWC) over a petition against water theft from River Indus, ARY News reported.

A two-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard the petition in Islamabad.

During the hearing, the petitioner, in his plea, contended before the court that India was stealing water from River Indus and the route of Marala Link Canal should be changed.

After hearing the arguments, the CJP issued a notice to the IWT commission and sought report a in 10 days.

On Dec 30, the chief justice heard a petition alleging that water is being stolen from the River Ravi and Abasia Link Canal by India. He ordered the Punjab Irrigation Department Secretary Syed Ali Murtaza to submit a report on the matter by Jan 4.

“Why is India stealing our water?” questioned Justice Nisar, adding that, “we will not let India steal Pakistan’s water.”

He also said the court will not allow water to be stolen from poor farmers from the Abasia Link Canal.”Cases should be registered against those who steal water in Pakistan.”

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