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NANDIPUR POWER PROJECT CASE SC issues notice to Finance Secretary

May 24, 2014

The Supreme Court issued notice to the Secretary Finance regarding the non-issuance of sovereign guarantee for Nandipur Power Project which caused delay in the completion of the project.

The notice was issued by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed during the hearing of a petition submitted by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).

The SC noted that the said project which commenced in 2008 was due to be completed in April 2011 but even after passing two years, the project was still in limbo.

The bench was apprised that already billions of rupees have been spent on the 450 Mega Watt power projects which could not be completed due to lethargic behavior of ministry of finance.

During the hearing, Khawaja Asif apprised the bench that the machinery worth millions of rupees had arrived at Karachi Port Trust about two years back but due to the cold behavior of certain departments it was getting ruined.

He maintained that he filed this petition in 2011 and since then no step was taken on this issue of national interest.

An official of the project told SC that they had written several times to the ministries of law and finance for the issuance of sovereign guarantee by the government to clear the machinery from the port but in vain.

The bench while expressing its annoyance, issued notice to the secretary finance directing him to appear before the court and clear the government's stance on the issue.

Subsequently, the SC adjourned further hearing of the case till 28th May.

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Source: Daily Messenger (Pakistan)

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