PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) issued a fresh warning against hiking prices of poultry products on Wednesday and directed concerned officials to look into the matter personally.
The bench, headed by PHC Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan, also maintained all orders from previous case hearings, including the suspension of all federal and provincial permits to export cattle and poultry to Afghanistan till further orders.
Hearing Wednesday’s proceedings, CJ Khan observed that an artificial poultry shortage had been created to increase prices. The district nazir, representing the district coordination officer was present during proceedings along with counsel for the state, Advocate General Naveed Akhtar and representatives of the national and provincial poultry associations.
CJ Khan said that the members of the joint task force, established to curb smuggling, were helping smuggle cattle and poultry products instead. “The additional home secretary is directed to inform all concerned officials about the court’s orders... the ones caught defying the rules will be suspended immediately,” he warned.
He also ordered the Peshawar district coordination officer to give immediate effect to the seven magistrates. He also refused a request to allow the export of broilers to Afghanistan.
The court took notice of the cattle smuggling after the PHC’s human right cell received complaints against the increase in cattle and poultry products’ prices due to smuggling.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2012.
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