Gutka and Mainpuri menace: SHC orders effective ban on manufacturing, sale

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday ordered provincial authorities and IGP Sindh to ensure effective and strict enforcement of restrictions imposed on the preparation, manufacturing and selling of Gutka and Mainpuri throughout the province.

Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed a division bench, gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan calling for implementation on ban against use of substandard substances playing havoc with the lives of people.

The bench directed Sindh government and police to instruct their entire force to implement the orders, with caution that in case any official found responsible for the lack enforcement of law, appropriate orders would be passed against him.

The bench issued notice to chief secretary, home secretary, health secretary, IG Sindh and other official respondents, directing them to file their respective replies on a petition.

Rana Faizul Hassan, representing NGO, submitted that provincial government had imposed a ban on the preparation, manufacturing and selling of Gutka and Mainpuri throughout the province but despite the restrictions, markets were flooded with substandard confectionaries.

He told the judges that over 80 percent of manufacturers of Gutka and Mainpuri were running their business under the supervision of area police. Therefore, it was difficult to control the use of substandard confectionaries which are injurious to health, he added.

The petitioner requested the court to order the authorities concerned to ensure the implementation on the ban against Gutka and Mainpuri throughout the province.

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