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order issues.”

Speaking about the residents, Siddiqui said: “These people have not gone to any competent authority. They should have gone to court, or the land department. They haven’t even approached the city nazim about it. I keep getting calls from PPP leaders. Muzaffar Shijra called me about this. I don’t see why - we’re the police, we maintain law and order. We don’t settle land disputes.”

Muzaffar Shijra, incidentally, is a former PPP MNA from the constituency comprising Landhi, Malir, Ibrahim Haidery and the surrounding areas. “I have a very good working relationship with the people of this area,” Siddiqui said.

Residents claim to have approached PPP’s Afaq Shahid about the issue, and said that Shahid will be their legal counsel when the matter is taken to court. “Afaq sahib was busy with the NA-250 bye-polls for the past few days, but we have a meeting with him tomorrow to get his take on the entire situation,” Yaqoob Khashkheli said.

(By Urooj Zia, Daily Times-B1, 13/02/2007)

Milk-sellers move high court on price issue

KARACHI, Feb 15: The Sindh High Court issued notices to the city, provincial and federal governments and milk producers for February 20 in a petition moved by retailers against the fixation of milk price at Rs28 per liter and restrained the respondents from taking coercive action in the meantime.

The Karachi Milk Retailers Association submitted through Advocate Naeemur Rehman that the price was ‘arbitrary and capricious’.

According to a study conducted by the provincial animal husbandry department, the commodity costs Rs32.85 per liter when it reaches the hands of wholesalers.

The retailers would be incurring considerable loss if they were to sell milk at Rs28, the price fixed by the city district government, the petitioner maintained.

It said there could be no restraint in trade and they had a right to earn their living under Article 18 of the Constitution.

The association also challenged the validity of the Price Control and Prevention of Profiteering and Hoarding Act, 1977, as it was a federal enactment that sought to regulate a provincial subject.

The retailers contended that they were being charge-sheeted under the impugned law while fines were being recovered under the Sindh Essential Commodities Prevention of Profiteering and Hoarding Act, 2006.

The retailers said they should be allowed a profit of 16 per cent over and above the cost to make their business viable.

APPOINTMENTS: The chief minister has ordered an inquiry into allegedly irregular appointments made in the various provincial departments, Advocate-General Anwar Mansoor Khan told a division bench of the Sindh High Court on Thursday. Appearing in response to a court notice in a petition moved by an unsuccessful candidate for the post of ‘workshop instructor’ in the Sindh education department, he informed the bench, comprising Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Faisal Arab, that the selected candidate secured 83 out of 100 marks in the recruitment test while petitioner Mumtaz Ahmed obtained 80 marks. There were six vacancies in all, out of which only one was decided to be filled, he said.

The chief minister, the Advocate-General said, had ordered an inquiry into appointments made in the various departments and the position would be clear after the completion of the probe.

He would place before the court the outcome of the inquiry in respect of the posts of ‘workshop instructors’ in the education department, the AG said. The bench adjourned further hearing to April 5.

GRAVEYARD CASE: Another bench comprising Justices Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Ali Sain Dino Metlo issued notices to the Baldia Town nazim and other respondents for February 21 in a petition against construction of a wall cutting across the Moach Goth graveyard.

Petitioner Edhi Amin submitted through Advocate Afaq Khan Shahid that the wall would considerably reduce the area available for future use of the graveyard. The Baldia Town administration was contrary to superior court judgments against conversion of amenity plots, he said.

POLL STAYED: The bench headed by the CJ, meanwhile, stayed the election of the managing committee of the PIA Co-operative Housing Society scheduled for February 18.

Petitioner Arifur Rehman contended through Advocate Shaukat Ali Shaikh that he was a member of the superseded managing committee but was allowed to seek fresh election by the Sindh Co-operative Housing Authority. The permission was subsequently withdrawn arbitrarily.

(By Shujaat Ali Khan, Dawn-17, 16/02/2007)

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