Pakistan Supreme Court addresses appeal seeking ban on export of fruits and veg

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has fixed a Civil Miscellaneous (CM) Appeal in the constitution petition, seeking imposing ban on export of fruits and vegetables before Justice Umar Ata Bandial for July 16.

Advocate Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta had filed a petition with the Supreme Court, requesting to impose a ban on the export of fruits and vegetables during the current pandemic, stating that due to the current food item export policy, basic foodstuffs have gotten out of the reach of common Pakistanis.

The petitioner had specifically mentioned that potatoes are being sold at Rs70 per kg, whereas tomatoes are being sold for Rs100 per kg. Similarly, the common fruits are being sold at Rs150–Rs300 per kg, making them inaccessible to most common people. Mr Bhutta in his petition had criticised the failure of government to control the prices of commodities and had mentioned that apparently it seems that government is more interested in collecting funds from other donor countries rather than in facilitating its own people to fight against the pandemic.

[ Rs100 = €0.53 ]


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