Indian origin Prime Movers: SHC reserves judgment

KARACHI: A divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Tuesday reserved order in a petition challenging detention of 26 Prime Movers of Indian Origin from India.

Barrister Khalid Javed Khan appearing for Burki and Co submitted that the 26 consignments imported by them have been confiscated by the Custom authorities for alleged violation of section 32 (s). He said that consignment was not banned neither prohibitory clause is attracted and can be released on payment of fine, penalty besides custom duty and taxes.

Asim Mansoor Khan, Additional Attorney General for Pakistan, Ilyas Ahsan and Kashif Nazeer for Model Customs Collectorate East, opposed the plea citing custom rules and import policy rules. They said that Prime Movers can be imported only by a Construction Company duly registered with Pakistan Engineering Council. They also submitted that no project was specified for which Prime Movers in such a large number were required as the import spread over a year or so.

The bench asked a number of question about legality of import and later reserved the judgment.

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