SC expresses dissatisfaction over NDMA report about COVID-19 pandemic

The Nation  |  May 06, 2021

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed its dissatisfaction over the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) report about COVID-19 pandemic and asked its Chairman to visit the quarantine centers.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprised of Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel conducted hearing of suo moto notice on coronavirus disease.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Aamir Rehman submitted Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and NDMA reports. Justice Gulzar said that nobody knows who gave and who received cash. In every purchase there is mention of NDMA, he said. He said that the documents about purchase of medicine and equipments were provided after SC repeated orders.

The Chief Justice said that everyone knows what happened to Haji Camp quarantine center and millions of rupees were spent on it but neither there was water nor it was painted.

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He said that Al-Hafeez Company was established for manufacturing of N-95 mask and the duty was paid on the machinery for installment in the Al-Hafeez company. He questioned that why the machinery was purchased through Pakistan Embassy in China.

He said that whether the Pakistan Embassy in China is used only for purchasing or does it perform diplomatic functions.

The bench declared that the NDMA report is unsatisfactory.

The Chief Justice said that the NDMA received billion of rupees but do not know where is being spent.

He asked that where is Chairman NDMA.

Then, Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz came on the rostrum and said that he has taken the charge recently.

Justice Gulzar asked the Chairman NDMA to visit quarantine centers and submit its report.

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The Advocate General KP informed that the suppliers are charging different prices of the cylinder as officially its price is not yet fixed.

Justice Mazhar Alam remarked that in view of third wave of COVID-19 what measures have been taken by the federal and the provincial governments to control the spread of pandemic in the country.

The AAG told that on April 30 the government issued NOC for import of unregistered medicine.

The Chief Justice questioned that who and why such permission was granted.

Whether it was investigated why the medicines are being imported, he asked.

Chief Justice further inquired about the availability of the protective gears and coronavirus medicines.

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Justice Mazhar Alam said that there are negative reports of Actemra injection.

The Chief Justice suggested that by making Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) plant operational large quantity of oxygen could be produced.

AAG Amir Rehman told that the PSM plant is 40 years old and Rs 1 billion is required to make it operational.

He, however, said that he will submit detailed report about PSM situation.

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