Karachi Circular Railway case

SC issues contempt notice to Sindh CM

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a contempt notice to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah over the provincial government's failure to approve the design of development work for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar had taken up a suo motu case relating to the colossal losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways (PR).

During the hearing Thursday, the chief justice remarked that work on the KCR project was supposed to be wrapped up within two months. "Just the overhead bridge and some other work remains [to be completed]," he observed. "Why has the FWO [Frontier Works Organisation] not begun its work?"

The FWO director general, who was asked to appear in court during the previous hearing, replied that the Sindh government had not yet awarded the contract for the underpass.