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SC seeks reply from chairman Port Qasim on contempt petition for storing/ unloading of coal in open area

SC seeks reply from chairman Port Qasim on contempt petition for storing/ unloading of coal in open area

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (Karachi Registry) directed Chairman Port Qasim to submit comments within two weeks on a contempt application filed by Venu G. Advani soring/ unloading of coal in open area at Port Qasim.

On July 30, 2019, a two-member bench, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the matter.

During the hearing, above mentioned citizen appeared before the court in person and argued that Supreme Court by order dated June 20, 2018 was pleased to direct the discharge of ships carrying coal at Post Qasim Authority instead of KPT with the direction to all the authorities having administrative control in Karachi and it should be stored in covered warehouse and for its transportation the coal should be covered by blankets and moisture should be provided to the coal so that the dust should not be despair in the air.

He further argued that Port Qasim Authority and other importers who were present before this court on June 20, 2018 at the time of passing of such order intentionally and deliberately disobeying and disrespecting such lawful order passed by this court for the purposes of frustrating and undermining the lawful authority of this court, thereby rendered themselves liable for prosecution under the provision of constitution as well as contempt of court order (V2003).

He submitted that as per reports published in Daily Dawn newspaper dated August 16, 2018 the importers are storing/ unloading their coal in the area of Jumma Goth in Landhi which is hazardous for the public residing in the locality as well as for the public who is residing in Karachi city and beyond it.

Venu G. Advani argued himself that storing/unloading the coal in open area is dangerous for human life specially children, pregnant women and senior citizens, therefore, strict action against the contemnors on account of violation the order dated June 20, 2018 is solicited.

He pleaded the court may in the forgoing circumstances that storing/ unloading activity of coal in open area of Karachi may kindly be stopped forthwith.