Supreme Court grants Leave to Appeal in Horizon case

KARACHI: A bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday hearing an appeal filed by Pakistan Customs, East granted leave to appeal in Indian Grey Fabric case commonly known as Horizon Case.
Raja Muhammad Iqbal advocate appeared for appellant appellant department.
The department challenged common judgment in a number of petitions filed by Horizon International and other importers who imported grey fabric from UAE, Duabi declaring the consignments to be of China origion.

The consignments were detained on alleged ground that grey fabric imported from Dubai was in fact made in India and import of such material of Indian origin was banned.

The respondents/importers maintained that the fabric in dispute was of China origin and as per Bill of Landing (B/L) it was lawfully imported from Dubai’s free port.

The customs disputed the same alleging that no company in China make the fabric in dispute. The SHC however as an interim arrangement ordered release of the consignments on payment of custom duty and other taxes but the department preferred an appeal against this order.

An application filed by respondents/importers before SHC against non-release of their consignments is fixed for hearing on Wednesday (Nov 15).

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