SC rejects review report on flour prices

Court directs authorities present investigation-based report till May 2

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the review report presented by the Ministry of the Food Security about the prices of wheat flour and directed the federation and provinces to evolve investigation-based report and present it before the court till May 2.

The two-member bench – presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja – heard the petition, filed by Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Liaquat Baloch on hike in the prices of wheat flour. As per Article 9 and 14 of the constitution, state is responsible for providing basic necessities of life to all citizens and uplifting their standard of life, Justice Jawwad observed.

He also remarked that the government makes claim of protection of fundamental rights of citizens but ‘the situation is this that wheat flour is being smuggled to Iran and Afghanistan.” He said no survey report has been worked out on the basis of real facts and research, he said, adding the statistics were extending no help for taking steps and issuing orders to address this situation, he said.

Justice Jawwad asked the Punjab government to tell if this all was ok and children were getting 2350 calories food and no one sleeps hungry. Additional Attorney General Attique Shah was also present in the court. Advocate Taufiq Asif, counsel for Baloch, informed the court that data was collected within seven days along with the additional attorney general. “There is no shortage of flour,” he said.

Justice Jawwad remarked law was there but there was need to implement it. “We will hear this case next week. So federal and provincial governments should file reply with reference to this case,” he said. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 2.

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