122 profiteers fined Rs510,000, 5 sent jail

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that 122 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 122 shops was Rs510,000 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 Landhi, Korangi, Airport, Shah Faisal, Bin Qasim, Orangi, North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Baldia, SITE, Manghopir, Civil Line, Garden, Aram Bagh and Saddar.

Commissioner further said that as a result of crackdown throughout the city 35 milkmen, 04 utility stores’ keepers 05 vegetable-sellers, 03 chicken-sellers, 75 flour-sellers were fined, while, 05 flour-sellers 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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