Sahara Welfare Trust case: Customs officials asked to appear as counsel remains absent

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) on Wednesday ordered customs officers concerned of Collectorate of Customs, Appraisement, East to appear before the court on Jan 07 in a petition filed by Sahara Welfare Trust which runs an old age home at Karachi.

According to petitioner it was exempted from duty and taxes being a NGO under relevant laws. The petitioner imported five consignments from Dubai containing old used clothes, daily use utensils etc and emergency lights.

The custom officials detained the consignment on ground that the emergency lights are in commercial quantity. The customs issued a notice under section 26 of Customs Act 1969 and demanded of the importer/ petitioner to provided copies of invoices etc. The department also blocked the ID of the petitioner thus bringing all welfare activities to a halt.

Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate appearing for the petitioner trust submitted that more consignments of warm clothes and blankets are to arrive soon but winter season will pass if ID is not restored and old GDs are not cleared. She pointed out to the bench that counsel for respondent department remains absent after filing of vakalatnama.

The bench later ordered the officers concerned to appear before the court on Jan 07.

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