SHC seeks commissioner’s reply in milk price 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 products’ prices.

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

The petitioner informed authorities concerned were unable to ensure selling of milk at administration’s fixed prices, 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 dairy product; however, 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.