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SHC seeks comments on petition filed by M/s Wan Hai Lines

SHC seeks comments on petition filed by M/s Wan Hai Lines

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed parties to complete their arguments on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Wan Hai Lines Limited seeking release of its 194 containers which are laying at Karachi Port since 2011. A two-member bench of the SHC heard the matter.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that company belongs to Taiwan Republic of China and engaged in the lawful business of import and export. The counsel argued that due to Salala Check Post an embargo which continued till July 2012, as a result 347 containers of the petitioner stuck up at Karachi Port, which were required to be de-stuffed and be handed over to the petitioner, out of which 153 containers had already been de-stuffed and handed over to the petitioner.

He stated that remaining containers are laying at Karachi Port which detained by high officials of the customs authorities since 2011, without justification and lawful authority.

Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Chief Collector of Customs South, Director General of National Logistic Cell and others as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare the act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary, he also pleaded the Sindh High Court (SHC) to direct them to release above mentioned containers immediately.