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SC orders NAB to conduct a survey of the Thar coal power projects

October 11 , 2018

The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday that a survey should be done of the Thar coal power projects.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar ordered NAB to investigate and see where all the money went. The chief justice had earlier taken suo motu notice of the case.

“A feasibility report was prepared for the project — it wasn’t done in the air,” said nuclear scientist and Underground Coal Gasification project Chairperson Dr Samar Mubarakmand.

NAB has been directed to conduct a survey and then submit a report to the court.

The court wants to know how many irregularities took place and how the project incurred losses billions of rupees.

It ordered that Dr Mubarakmand has to be present at every hearing. It also wants the workers of the power projects to present.

One worker, Muhammad Umar, said they haven’t been paid in four months. The provincial government doesn’t listen, nor does the federal government, he lamented.

The court will take up the issue at the next hearing, which has been scheduled one week from Thursday.

The chief justice also said a committee will be formed to investigate the case. He directed lawyers Suleman Akram Raja and Shehzad Halai to submit the names for the committee to the court the same day. The lawyers have been appointed court representatives for this case.


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