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SC Says Officials, Failed To Comply Orders Will Face Action

Supreme Court says environment's protection is the responsibility of the government and it has to ensure this.

A division-bench, comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Qazi Faez Esa made the observations while hearing Suo Moto notice against chopping of trees, stone crushing and illegal constructions in Islamabad.

The bench said the court will take action against the concerned officers of the environmental, anti-corruption and other concerned departments failed to comply it's orders.

Supreme Court also directed the ministry of capital administration and development to review the action plan against encroachment it presented before the court.

At the outset of the hearing CAD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry told the court that in the first phase of the plan, encroachment in the Margalla Hills and buffer zone will be removed by march 15 next year.

The court expressed dissatisfaction on the performance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government against use of explosives for mining in the Abbotabad Hills.

The court sought report along with pictures of the same hills from KP advocated general in a week. The hearing adjourned till third week of January.