A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday conducted hearing of the case pertaining to provision of funds for the developmental projects in Balochistan during the last five years and said that Balochistan was given more amount for uplift projects as compared to other provinces. In this way, Balochistan should have been the most progressive province of the state but here the situation is diametrically opposite, Chief Justice said.
Chief justice said that law and order situation in the province is unstable because majority of the people is dying of hunger and starvation while leaders are busy in collecting wealth for their vested interests, setting aside the national interests.
He said that common man is deprived of health facility; neither is there pure water to drink nor proper medicine for the patients who are bound to live a pitiable life at the mercy of fate.
Chief Justice remarked why rules and regulations are not kept in view while leasing different projects.
He said that Balochistan was awarded funds of Rs 250 million which were thrown to winds by authorities without keeping in view that pitiable condition of the common man.
The lawyer of the Balochistan government Khawaja Haris said that public representatives pinpoint the welfare projects before any project is launched.
At this, Chief Justice remarked that the main job of politicians is to make law rather than seeking welfare funds.
Chief Secretary Balochistan was authorized to request the NAB for probe into the matter, Chief Justice said.
The Supreme Court also expressed anger over the letter written to the apex court by the Chief Secretary.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said that ministers have converted all the welfare projects in their constituencies, adding that welfare projects should be done but distribution of funds should be made on equal basis.
The court, summoning the details of the action taken against the responsible involved in the misuse of the developmental funds, adjourned the hearing of the case till Thursday (Today).