KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Sindh government to seize the prohibited injections used to increase milk production in cattle from the market during a hearing at Karachi Registry.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar is in Karachi hearing cases of public importance including sub-standard packaged milk, contaminated water and supply of clean drinking water.
The SC on Saturday had turned down the dairy farmers’ request for suspension of court orders to ban the prohibited injections and warned that the dairy farmers will be sent to prison if they tried to pressurise the administration by creating artificial milk shortage.
CJ Saqib Nisar observed that the dairy farmers will not be given extension even by one day as it is a matter of public health and lives of the girls cannot be jeopardised for saving the dairy farming business. The court observed that injections given to cattle lead to cancers in girls and adults consuming the milk.
The bench thanked the officers for appearing before the court on Sunday.
The CJP directed Secretary Health Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho to seize all the stock of prohibited injections from the market and make a report of ready stock with the help of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The representatives of companies producing packaged milk submitted their replies. They informed the court that milk and tea whiteners are two different products. On this, the CJP issued instructions to mention this clearly on the packaging and in advertisements.
The court appointed a commissioner to carry out laboratory tests of packaged milk brands from the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and directed the commissioner to submit report within 15 days.
MD Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Hashim Raza Zaidi faced the bench’s ire for the water shortage and its failure to control tanker mafia.
Why the city is facing shortage and what are the plans to overcome this, asked CJ Saqib Nisar.
The official informed the court that tankers provide water to slum areas as the KW&SB has no supply lines there.
The CJP observed that water tankers have become a mafia and billions of rupees are minted through this but the court will not let this go on unhindered.