LHC seeks reply on petition challenging hoarding during Ramadan


The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday sought reply from the federal and Punjab governments by August 1 on a petition against massive hoarding, black-marketing and profiteering by traders during Ramadan and government’s failure to control prices of essential commodities. Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan issued the order on a petition moved by Judicial Activism Panel (JAP), through its chairman Azhar Siddique.
The petitioner’s counsel pointed out that in Pakistan some black sheep are making profit under the garb of religion while federal and provincial governments had badly failed in controlling prices of essential commodities and unable to control hoarding and black marketing of essential food products. The judge observed that to raise voce against price hike and black marketing is a service to the people and everyone should contribute in this noble cause. Azhar said that the government should also restore the magisterial system to implement laws and control price hike and hoarding.