Karachi (January 14, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard three different cases in SC’s Karachi registry today despite of Sunday.
While heading a three-member larger bench, comprising Justices Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah, that is hearing cases of substandard packaged milk, environmental pollution, and contaminated water, he remarked that a collective effort is required to resolve issues affecting the public.
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The court began hearing the matter of packaged milk first.
As the proceedings began, the court Nazir (official) submitted a report on the matter, whichwas summoned the day before.
The chief justice ordered the chief secretary to direct the drug inspector to conduct market raids and confiscate injections used to enhance milk production in cows by infusing hormones.
He also ordered the Federal Investigation Agency and the drug inspector to evaluate the stocks of injection with distributors and retailers.During the hearing, representatives of milk companies submitted their response to the court. They stated that milk and tea whiteners are separate things, as tea whiteners are made from milk.To this, the chief justice remarked that “tea whiteners are not milk in any sense”.
“You have to give in writing, through advertisements on TV and print, that this is not milk,” he observed and gave the companies four weeks to ensure the warning is printed on packets.
He added that reputable brands are also selling substandard milk.
The chief justice also observed that they will look at the matter of packaged milk first then move on to ‘open milk’.The chief justice also ordered the deputy Nazir to take Rs50,000 from all milk companies and have their product’s tests conducted by Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).
The PCSIR was also directed to submit its report in two weeks and directed authorities to lift the entire stock of any company whose milk is found to be substandard.
The hearing was then adjourned.