KARACHI: The consignments containing NIDO milk, Cerelac and DOG imported by different importers/petitioner were ordered to be released on payment of custom duty, taxes and other leviables by a division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC).

Earlier the bench comprising Justice Munib Akhtarand Justice Arshad Hussain Khan hear Ghulam Hyder Shaikh advocate, counsel for petitioners who maintained that the subject consignments were being detained on ground that drug license was not obtained by the petitioners. He contended that these are dairy or food products rather food supplements and condition of obtaining drug license is not attracted.

He said securing a drug import license is very cumbersome and takes almost 2 years. The consignments would perish if not released soonest, he prayed.

The bench agreeing to the contention that consignments in question fell in the category of “food supplement” allowed the release of the same holding that no drug license is required in this case.