41 shopkeepers fined, 16 jailed for overcharging

KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers, 41 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 80, 000 fine for selling commodities above official rates, while 16 others were jailed.

Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday 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, Garden, Jamshed Quarters, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, Gulberg, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Murad Memon Goth, Shah Faisal, Aram Bagh, Civil Line, Harbor, Orangi Town, Baldia Town, Landhi, Malir, Model Colony and Korangi.

In the crackdown, 24 milkmen, 11 shopkeepers of general commodities and six chicken sellers were fined for selling essential items at excessive prices, while eight persons were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.

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