108 shopkeepers fined; 5 sent to jail

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that 108 illegal profiteering shopkeepers were fined for selling food items at higher than government rates.

He said that crackdown against illegal profiteers and food adulterators was under way. The fine charged from 108 shops was Rs242000 for selling milk, flour, vegetables, pulses, meat, fruits, chicken and other items of basic utilities on rates higher than fixed by the government.

Siddiqui said that crackdown against profiteers was carried out in Saddar, Civil Line, Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri, SITE, Baldia, Gulberg, Nazmiabad, Bin Qasim, Ibrahim Hyderi, Shah Faisal, and Korangi.

Commissioner further said that as a result of crackdown throughout the city 47 milkmen, 04 fruit-sellers, 05 vegetable-sellers, 12 utility stores’ keepers, 07 chicken-sellers and 33 flour-sellers were fined, while, 05 utility store’s keepers were sent to jail for continuous violation.

“Crackdown against profiteers and food adulterators would continue until they get rid of their wrongdoings and ensure provision of food items to citizens on government fixed rates,” he said.

He said that officials have been posted in Sabzi Mandi to stop artificial shortage and profiteering, which has brought the prices of vegetables lower.

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