Gutka menace: SHC gives two-week time to health secy, KMC head

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday gave two-week time to provincial health secretary and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator to submit reports on measures they have taken to curb preparation, manufacturing and selling of Gutka and Mainpuri in the city.

Headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, a division bench was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, calling for implementation of ban against use of substandard substances playing havoc with the lives of people.

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.

During hearing on Wednesday, the bench took on record the reports submitted by police officials on efforts made by them to stop manufacturing and sale of Gutka and Mainpuri within their jurisdiction.

The bench expressed displeasure over provincial health secretary and KMC administrator for not responding to the court notice. It gave two-week time to file the comments without fail.

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