Sindh govt given time in case against selling of Gutka


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the petition seeking implementation of ban on use of Gutka and other health-hazard substances, after government’s lawyer sought time.

Headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, SHC bench was hearing the petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, secretary general of the United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan who moved the court for the implementation on a ban Gutka and other related substances playing havoc with the lives of people.

In Wednesday’s hearing government’s lawyer submitted that the bill regarding Gutka, Mainpuri and other substandard substances will be passed in the Sindh Assembly’s next session but for this purpose government should be given some time.

On the government’s request SHC adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.

Earlier the petitioner 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 submitted that the gutka and mainpuri were being sold openly in the province despite the ban, posing a serious threat to the health of citizens.