The chief justice made those remarks while hearing a suo motu case against irregularities and misappropriation of funds at the PKLI.
“The former chief minister, out of affection, gave the hospital’s [charge] to some doctor,” said the judge, who was heading a two-member bench. “The doctor added to the trust some who had no role. The entire hospital is a mess.”
Justice Nisar addressed Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel of Mujahid Sherdil whose appointment as the CEO of Infrastructure Development Authority of Punjab (IDAP) was questioned by the top judge during a hearing in August.
“Now you have come to defend a person who wasted Rs34 billion,” he told Ahsan. “So much money was spent at the hospital but look at the standard of operations.”
When Ahsan objected to the findings of a forensic report compiled by Dr Kaukab Iqbal, the chief justice invited him to visit the hospital with him.
“You will be just as grieved as we were; we saw it for ourselves,” he said. “The entire hospital is in ruins.”
Subsequently, the apex court referred the matter to an anti-corruption court, with instructions to summon those responsible and submit a report within 10 days .
The hearing was adjourned till January 12.