Mobile phones: Customs disputes PTA certification

Mobile phones: Customs disputes PTA certification

KARACHI: A divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Friday adjourned hearing of a constitution petition pertaining to imported mobile phones consignment after PTA’s certification was declared forged by the Pakistan Custom officials.

Earlier Ms Ismat Mehdi advocate appearing for an importer Rahim Mirani submitted that despite repeated order of this bench and efforts by the petitioner to get the consignment released, Custom officials are playing with the file moving it from one desk to another or one or another pre-text.

The bench expressed annoyance and said it passed order on previous date with a great restraint.

Ilyas Ahsan and Kashif Nazeer advocates appearing for the Pakistan Customs said that PTA certification is awaited.

The counsel for petitioner rebutted and said Investigating Officer in challan before the trial court has stated in writing that verification has been confirmed.

She requested the court to summon the file from Customs department. The bench allowed the request and deferred hearing for a little while. Later the file was brought and placed before the bench in the chambers.

The customs officers also came and submitted that PTA certificate is doubtful and apparently has been tampered with. The counsel for petitioner rejected the stance by the custom officials and said a new pre-text was being taken and she can produce the original one if time is allowed. The bench adjourned further proceedings till Tuesday when original letter from PTA would be produced by petitioner’s side.

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