Director food to check quality, prices of dairy products, govt tells SHC

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The Sindh government on Thursday informed the Sindh High Court (SHC) that it had appointed a director food to check the quality of food as well as the prices.

The SHC bench headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a petition filed by Muhammad Imran Shehzad, a civil rights campaigner, who moved the court for reduction in prices of fresh milk and dairy products and formation of a taskforce to regulate the prices.

On Thursday’s hearing, the chief inspector food appeared complying with the court’s earlier direction and submitted that the government of Sindh had appointed a director food under Sindh Food Authority Act. “The director will not only check the quality of the food but also the prices,” he added.

The AAG submitted that he would place on record the progress taken place towards implementation and enforcement of the authority. The court adjourned the hearing till 20th April.

Earlier, the petitioner had stated that the authorities concerned were not fixing the prices of dairy products by following the procedure provided under Price Control and Prevention Profiteering and Hoarding Act, 1977. According to the petitioner, the SHC in August 2016 directed the authorities concerned to form a mechanism to control and maintain the prices of dairy product, however, the milk prices had been increased which was the violation of court’s earlier order. The court was requested by the petitioner to direct the law enforcement agencies including Rangers and Police to ensure the sale of milk at Rs 70 per liter.

SHC ADJOURNS HEARING OF SHARJEEL’S PETITION

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing of petitions filed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Inam Memon seeking the court’s direction to restrain the NAB from arresting him in relation with an alleged inquiry and removal of his name from Exit Control List (ECL).

The former information minister filed petitions to avoid his possible arrest by the NAB on his arrival at the airport.

On Thursday’s hearing, the counsel of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted that placing anybody’s name in ECL was not their work but it was the job of government. The court adjourned the hearing till April 20, 2016.

Earlier, the petitioner submitted that the NAB was trying to implicate him in false cases without any cause, reason and without providing him opportunities for hearing. He stated that he was never involved in any corruption or misuse of authority. The PPP leader submitted that there was considerable defamatory news lively telecasted against him for his possible arrest without specification of allegations. He apprehended that he would be arrested with malafide intentions on any airport of the country soon after his landing.

Citing chairman and director general of NAB as respondents, Memon prayed to the SHC to restrain the NAB from arresting him without the court’s permission. “Restrain NAB from taking adverse action against me and my liberty. The Bureau be directed to disclose the reason and verify on oath pendency of inquiry against him,” he prayed to the court.