Petition draws court’s attention to adulterated milk being supplied in capital

Zubair Qureshi

A petition has been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against unchecked selling of adulterated milk in Islamabad and its adjacent areas.
The petitioner, Akhtar Mehmood, through Yasir Mehmood Chaudhry has filed the petition seeking court’s attention to the important issue. The case is fixed for hearing before Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC on December 16 (today).
The petitioner has made the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation through Mayor Islamabad, Chief Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, District Health Officer and Deputy Director Food of the Islamabad Capital Territory respondents in the case.
Mr Akhtar Mehmood through his counsel has submitted before the court that the petitioner is aggrieved by the laxity of the respondents and as a result of apathy of the authorities people of the federal capital are forced to use contaminated and chemical mixed milk. There are big mafias behind this business, he further said and everyone is facing its consequences on health especially young children. Milk is an essential food item for the growing up children and if it is adulterated, contaminated or of substandard quality not only their health will be at a grave risk future of Pakistan will also be threatened. The counsel said that milk selling has become a profitable business and the milk sellers are taking full advantage of the respondents’ inefficiency and carelessness. He added that the sale of contaminated and adulterated milk has been continuing in full swing everywhere in Islamabad.
He alleged that there is no check and control over the milk selling points, mil shopkeepers, dairy farm houses and it seems that the respondents are playing silent spectators and indifferent to the entire dark business right under their nose.
“The respondents are not performing their due role for the prevention of this horrible menace,” the counsel has submitted informing the court that his client had sent application on September 15, 2016, to the respondents and tried to draw their attention towards his grievance but the respondents have not yet taken any action, the petition revealed. The sale and distribution of the contaminated milk in Islamabad is in violation of the provisions contained in Rules 18 of the Pure Food Rules, 1965, and Section 272, 273 of the Pakistan Penal Code. He prayed the court to direct the respondents to take immediate action to prevent the sale, marketing and consumption of adulterated milk and check quality of milk on daily basis in markets of Islamabad. He also prayed that the respondents be directed to lunch a crackdown against adulterated and contaminated milk suppliers and initiate proceedings under section 272 and 273 of the Pakistan Penal Code to save the precious lives of the residents of the capital.

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