SHC seeks comments from Karachi commissioner, others on dairy products case


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday sought comments from Karachi commissioner and districts’ deputy commissioners on a petition seeking regulation of dairy product prices.

A two-judge SHC bench was hearing the petition filed by Imran Shehzad, a civil rights campaigner, who had moved the court for the reduction of rates of dairy products and formation of a task force to regulate their prices.

The petitioner pleaded that the authorities concerned were unable to ensure selling of milk at the prices fixed by the local administration, adding that dairy products were not being sold 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 the dairy product, but the milk prices were increased in 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 reasonable prices.

Issuing notices to Karachi commissioner and all deputy commissioners, the bench sought their replies by February 19.