LAHORE - The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Punjab Food Authority to take stern action against companies producing and selling substandard foodstuff.

A two-judge bench, headed by senior puisne judge Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, issued the orders in a petition challenging the sale of substandard food, adulterated milk and contaminated water.

The bench observed the people running such companies didn’t deserve any favour.

“If there had been my own brother to request on behalf of any accused company I would have sent him jail too,” remarked Justice Nisar.

The bench also admired Punjab Food Authority Director (Operations) Ayesha Mumtaz for taking stern action against the company manufacturing poor and substandard food in the province. The SC also directed the authority to take strict action against two companies manufacturing substandard milk products.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan had moved the court over the grave issue, saying that contaminated and substandard milk had been playing havoc with the lives of citizens.

Barrister Khan said the citizens were being fed poison by the use of steroid injection for boosting milk production of buffaloes and quick growth of broiler chicken. He prayed to the court to ban use of contaminated, adulterated milk and water, sale of quick growth poultry as well as sale of injections being used for buffaloes for milking.

On previous hearing, the Supreme Court sought date of firms sealed by Punjab Food Authority for playing with life of citizens. The livestock department submitted the reports on contaminated water and adulterated packed-milk. However the petitioner told the court that the report was compiled five years ago and no proper action was taken over the issue.

FBR chief snubbed

The Supreme Court yesterday snubbed the Federal Board of Revenue chairman for ineffective representation of his department in legal matters before the court.

A two-judge bench, headed by senior puisne judge Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, held the proceedings on an appeal filed by Eden Society against the LHC verdict.

During the hearing, Muhammad Khan, Chairman FBR, appeared in the court in light of the previous order. The bench asked the chairman that there were many cases of the FBR which were lying pending for a long time while there was no effective representation of the department in all these legal matters before the SC.

The court expressed serious concerns saying that all public departments were bound to maintain their standard for betterment of the public. At this, FBR chairman Muhammad Khan apologized before the bench and said that his department sacked some legal advisor for their poor performance and the present situation was also demanding strict action against them. 

Ayyan petition- put off

Model Ayyan Ali’s petition challenging framing of charges against her in murder of Custom Inspector Ijaz Chaudhary adjourned after a law officer requested the Lahore High Court to give him some time to submit reply.

During the hearing, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa represented Ayyan Ali before Justice Abdul Sami Khan and said that her client was nominated in the FIR for allegedly shifting dollars abroad but now was charged over murder. He said she was not involved in the murder of any official.

notice to govt

Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court issued notices to federal and provincial governments in a petition filed against controversial Cybercrime Act 2016.

The judge passed the order on petition filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek. During the hearing, Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry who appeared on behalf of the petitioner-party said that several provisions of the law were in violation of fundamental rights.

 The lawyer argued that the controversial law could be used for political victimization and to curb freedom of expression.

He pointed out that the impugned law had been made identical to Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 by including a section of cyber terrorism.

Therefore, he said, two parallel laws could not be implemented in a country.

The petitioner-lawyer further submitted that section 18 of the impugned law that, according to him, introduced another law of defamation. He said the law gave unbridled powers to Federal Investigation Agency by allowing it to grab data from mobile phone and computer of any citizen without prior investigation.

He prayed to the court set asdie the Cybercrime Act 2016 for being in conflict with fundamental rights of citizens enshrined in the Constitution. The court would resume hearing by September 26.

Custody matter of Singer Humaira Arshad’s son: Model Ahmad Butt, the former husband of singer Humaira Arsahd, moved an application to the guardian court for custody of his minor son Ali from the custody of her ex-wife.

A few days ago, a sessions court handed over the custody of the baby child to singer Humaira.

 Ahmad Butt through his counlse Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry argued before the court that the father had every right to enjoy Eid celebrations with his son. He pleaded that the petitioner should be allowed to have custody of his son on first two days of upcoming Eidul Azha.