KARACHI: The Sindh High Court sought on Friday a progress report from the federal government and provincial divisional commissioners over a plea pertaining to the flour, sugar and other essential items crises by May 7.
The petitioner maintained in the plea that according to the Hoarding and Black Market Act, 1948, the hoarding of food items has been made illegal and a punishable offence. The plea further pointed out that the Karachi Essential Articles Processing (Profiteering and Hoarding) Act, 1953, had also been set up for this purpose within the city, but it was not implemented or enforced.
It also stated that the absence of the implementation of these laws had caused a crisis in the country, leading to an inflation storm. A report pertaining to action taken against profiteers in Karachi division was also submitted to the court.
The court remarked that the extent to which the federal government had implemented the relevant laws against hoarders and profiteers should be investigated. Therefore, it sought a progress report on the action taken with regard to the food items crises from the federal government and provincial divisional commissioners by May 7.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2020.