Hearing Covid suo motu, Supreme Court rejects NDMA report

Orders govt to fix price of oxygen cylinders in two days

By: News Desk
Published: 04:05 PM, 5 May, 2021
Hearing Covid suo motu, Supreme Court rejects NDMA report
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected as unsatisfactory NDMA report regarding the coronavirus situation in the country, saying all NDMA matters are ‘doubtful’, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Hearing the suo motu notice regarding the Covid-19 situation, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmad, who was chairing a three-judge bench, remarked NDMA is mentioned everywhere. “The payment for the machinery of Al-Hafeez Mask Company was made in cash for which a plane was chartered through the Pakistani embassy in Beijing.”

He remarked “Whether Pakistani ambassador does any diplomatic work other than shopping.”

At the request of the KP government, the court directed the Ministry of Industries and Production to fix the price of oxygen cylinders within two days.

The court further instructed the ministry to explain how the price of oxygen cylinders is set.

The Advocate General of KP said suppliers are charging excessively for oxygen cylinders in absence of official rates.

A Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) lawyer said the Ministry of Industries and Production deals with the supply of medical oxygen and that the drug regulator has nothing to do with it.

An additional attorney general informed the bench that the Pakistan Steel Mills oxygen plant is nearly 40 years old. Making the oxygen plant functional will cost Rs1 billion, he explained, and vowed to submit a detailed report on the oxygen situation.

Reporter Amanat Gishkori