283 profiteers fined, 21 jailed


Karachi: In a crackdown against profiteers, 283 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 542000 fine for selling commodities above government rates. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured that the commodities were sold at fixed rates.

He further said that city administration had focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Saddar, Civil Line, Garden, SITE, Baldia, Orangi Town, Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Landhi, Model Colony and Korangi.

In the crackdown, 64 milkmen, 21 shopkeepers of general commodities, 17 chicken sellers, 108 vegetable sellers, 68 fruit sellers, three meat sellers and two flour sellers were fined for selling essential items at excessive prices, while 21 persons were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.

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