Petition for banning Gutka: SHC gives 2 weeks for submission on official response

September 22, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the failure of relevant authorities to submit reports on measures they have taken to curb preparation, manufacturing and selling of Gutka and Mainpuri in the city.

Headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, a division bench of SHC as last chance gave two-week time to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, provincial health secretary, and DIGs concerned to file their response in that regard.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, calling for implementation of ban against use of substandard substances playing havoc with the lives of people.

Rana Faizul Hassan, representing NGO, submitted that provincial government had imposed a ban on the preparation, manufacturing and selling of Gutka and Mainpuri throughout the province but despite the restrictions, markets were flooded with substandard confectionaries.

He told the judges that over 80 percent of manufacturers of Gutka and Mainpuri were running their business under the supervision of area police. Therefore, it was difficult to control the use of substandard confectionaries which are injurious to health, he added.

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