The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued a conditional Stay order to the owners of sugar mills



The islamabad High Court heard the petition of the Sugar Mills owners against the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the rise in sugar prices and issued a conditional restraining order to the petitioner.

 Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case.

 Makhdoom Ali Khan, counsel for the owners of Sugar Mills, while giving arguments, said that the commission has gone beyond its TOR and taken action. Our media trial is being conducted through Special Assistant and other ministers.

 The Chief Justice said that we take notice of the government and ask why the common man is being affected by the rising prices of sugar but you should sell sugar at the price of Rs 70 till then.

 "If you accept this condition, we will stop the government from taking action till the next hearing," he said.

 During the hearing, the Chief Justice asked what the commission had said about the increase in the price of sugar for the common consumer.  In reply, Makhdoom Ali Khan said that the commission has given many reasons in its 324-page report. On this occasion, lawyer Salman Akram Raja said that the commission has not separated the price of sugar from common man and commercial use.  But the Chief Justice discovered that if the commission did nothing to the common man regarding the availability of sugar, then what?  The focus of the government should be on the people and not on the commercial area.

 The Chief Justice asked Makhdoom Ali Khan what was the price of sugar two years ago. He replied that the price of sugar in November 2018 was Rs 53.

 Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the price of sugar has gone up to Rs 85 in two years. The commission should have talked about this. Sugar is needed by a poor man. Why is he being affected by such decisions?

 Giving further remarks, he said that the commission did not provide any finding for the convenience of the common man. Last night, the special assistant also held a press conference despite the petition.

 He said that this court does not usually interfere in the affairs of the executive but the Sugar need a laborer and the government is subsidizing Coca-Cola, why not giving basic rights to the common man.

 The Chief Justice added that the government should also take steps in this regard, it is a basic right of the common man, 30% of the sugar for the people.

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