Crackdown on profiteers, 197 fined, 7 arrested

KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers, around 197 shopkeepers were fined more than Rs 329,000 and seven others were sent to jail for selling commodities above prescribed prices by the Karachi administration. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured the commodities were being sold at rates fixed by the administration. He directed the officials to ensure prices of commodities should be displayed properly at the selling points and stern action against those involved in selling essential commodities should be taken. In the crackdown, 127 milkmen, 9 fruit sellers, 7 vegetable sellers, 18 shopkeepers of general commodities, 35 chicken sellers and a flour seller have been fined on excessive prices. He said city administration has focused areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Korangi, Bin Qasim, Landhi, Shah Faisal, New Karachi, Gulberg, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Orangi, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jamshed Quarters, Saddar, Civil Line and Aram Bagh. Special teams has been formed and deputed in Sabzi Mandi to ensure price control and stop artificial shortage of vegetables and fruits. The city administration would continue its efforts to control the prices of fruits, vegetables along with the essential commodities so people get these items at affordable prices.

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