62 profiteers fined, three jailed


KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers, 62 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 119500 fine for selling commodities above government rates, while three others were jailed.

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

In the crackdown, 22 milkmen, 15 shopkeepers of general commodities, 19 chicken sellers, three vegetable sellers, two fruit sellers and one meat seller were fined for selling essential items at excessive prices, while three persons were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.

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