SHC allows interim relief to PMPKL

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on a petition filed by Phillip Morris Pakistan Limited (PMPKL) challenging SRO 1086 (1) 2013, in its last hearing allowed an interim relief to PMPKL by declaring not to take down its existing advertisements along with issuing directions to the government and to not take any coercive measure against PMPKL for implementation of the new SRO until the next date of hearing. The SRO in question, issued by the Federal Ministry of Health Services and Regulations is in force from May 31, 2014 and the Court considered this fact while hearing the petition. The petition filed by PMPKL in the SHC sought to challenge the legality of the new tobacco advertising guidelines issued by the federal government because it believes that after the 18th Amendment, the Authority to regulate health matters lies with the provinces, not the federal government. 

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