ISLAMABAD: Marvi Memon, a PML-Q MNA, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday, requesting the apex court to order the government to explain the breaching of dykes, canals and other irrigation infrastructure in Sindh and Balochistan during floods.
She also requested the court to direct the government to inform the SC as to who had given orders for the breaches and whether precautions had been taken to protect lives and properties of the people.
The fresh petition is in addition to requests made to the Supreme Court by an eminent jurist, Fakharuddin G. Ibrahim, and Deputy Chairman of Senate Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, asking Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take appropriate action against influential people in Sindh who allegedly made illegal breaches in the Indus River.
The requests have alleged that unauthorised diversion of floodwater by some influential landowners in Sindh caused unprecedented damage to property in parts of rural Sindh and the Jaffarabad district of Balochistan, besides displacing a large number of people.
In her petition, Ms Memon asked the court to order respondents to pay damages to affected people who had been either forcibly moved from their homes or prevented from entering other areas after floodwaters submerged their localities. Reports in this regard should also be obtained from the respondents, she pleaded.
The federal government, through Secretary of Cabinet, Chief Secretary of Sindh, National Disaster Management Authority, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Federal Ministries of Water and Power, Finance and Defence, Sindh Home, Irrigation and Revenue Departments, Federal Food Relief Commissioner, Sindh Flood Relief Commissioner and the Federal Flood Commission, have been named as respondents in the petition.
Ms Memon said the respondents should be asked to submit details of accounts of the funds allocated for maintenance and monitoring of the irrigation system in Sindh and Balochistan as well as those which had been earmarked for relief, rescue and early recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation activities.
She also requested the court to order investigation to ascertain whether criminal charges or civil penalties could be framed against those found guilty of not maintaining the irrigation system and its monitoring and upgrading prior to floods, the petition said.
The court should also order the respondents to provide reasons as to why the number of relief camps set up in the two provinces was inadequate. The respondents should also be directed to ensure that relief camps should work at optimum levels and that sufficient resources be allocated for taking steps to stop spread of all kinds of diseases in the camps, Ms Memon added.