SHC reserves judgment in used vehicles import case

KARACHI: A divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan on Thursday reserved judgment in a vehicles import case.

Faisal Motors filed the constitution petition through their counsel Khawaja Shamsul Islam advocate who contended that the vehicles are brand new and of Domestic Model, Japan. The law of Japan requires registration of the vehicles and for export/import  deregistration is mandatory. The export is allowed only when the vehicles is de-registered and for this purpose the vehicles were registered, submitted counsel for petitioner. He contended that the vehicles are brand new and driven upto few kilometers as test drive.

Ilyas Ahsan, Principal Appraiser (Legal) representing the respondents including Pakistan Customs said that once a vehicle is registered and de-registered it cannot be treated as brand new. He drew the attention of the court towards use of words “un-registered and un-used” in the Import Policy.

Once the car is out of show room, used even for an hour upto few kilometers and returned, the same cannot be categorized as new and hence fell within prohibitory clause as being “used vehicles”, he said opposing the prayers made in the petition.

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