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Fix water quality in 7 days or face shutdown, CJP warns mineral water companies

Fix water quality in 7 days or face shutdown, CJP warns mineral water companies

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday directed mineral water companies to pay the price of ground water and fix the quality of their water by next Monday, warning them that the companies would otherwise be shut down

While hearing a case regarding the use of ground water by mineral water companies at the Supreme Court, the top judge said that the judicial commission's report was inconclusive, adding that mineral water companies should have mercy on consumers.

CJP Nisar asked the advocate generals of all four provinces to suggest how the issue could be fixed. "This fraud with citizens should be ended [...] We will not let the citizens' water and money be wasted." he asserted.

During the hearing, the three-member bench directed water companies to follow the recommendations of the judicial commission.

On November 20, the SC had directed a judicial commission to inspect companies that sell bottled water locally, and directed all such companies, including Nestle, to rectify their errors within 10 days.

"They are taking water from Indus River and canals. They are cleaning the water and selling it," CJP Nisar said, remarking: "There should be a restriction on mineral water companies."

He told a mineral water company owner that until now, the company had been selling citizens poor quality drinking water.

"Do you not think about the country and citizens?" he asked, passing the observation that only Qarshi and Gourmet's water quality was acceptable.

The top judge directed the companies to the improve the quality of their water by Monday otherwise they would be shut down.

"People will not die thirsty ? water from wells is of a better quality than this," he said.

Justice Nisar called for a meeting at 5pm today, asking all the advocate generals and companies' lawyers to attend.

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