Petition disposed of after DRAP DAG agrees to issue NOC

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Abdul Malik Gaddi on Tuesday disposed of a petition filed by I.A. Nizam Company and Trading House, importer of famous milk brand NIDO and medicated shampoos, Balm.

The bench heard a counsel from Franklin Law Associates who stated that custom authorities are not releasing the consignment and summoning a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). He relied on an earlier judgment passed by a bench of SHC headed by Justice Munib Akhtar which said that such matters be referred to Special Customs Appellate Tribunal. He said as per spirit of the judgment DRAP must issue NOC otherwise import would be hampered.

Deputy Attorney General appearing for the federal government said that he has no objection if the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) issues NOC to the petitioners. The counsel for DRAP also expressed readiness to issue the NOC.

The bench after this development disposed of the petition by consent of the contesting sides.

The same bench hearing a petition by Bio Tech, the importers of petroleum byproducts including bio diesel adjourned hearing till April 05 while extending a stay order granted in favour of the petitioners.

The bench also sought comments from the respondent custom authorities by then.


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