45 profiteers fined

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that 45 illegal profiteering shopkeepers were fined for selling food items at higher than government rates. He said that crackdown against profiteers and food adulterators was under way. The fine charged from 45 shops was Rs118500 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 Aram Bagh, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Saddar Gulberg, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Bin Qasim, Shah Faisal, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Orangi.

Commissioner further said that as a result of crackdown throughout the city 30 milk sellers, 01 vegetable-seller, 11 chicken-sellers and 03 utility stores’ keepers were fined, while, 02 milk 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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