Apparently imports being discouraged observes SHC, DIT actions give rise to misgiving

KARACHI: The importers are expressing grievance that they were not allowed to work. It appears that attempts are made to curb imports drastically. These observations were made by an appellate bench of High Court of Sindh hearing petitions filed by Islam Engineering (pvt) Limited.

Barrister Wajeeha Mehdi appearing for the petitioner submitted that respondents have taken the differential amount. She said that FIR was lodged after filing of the petition. The 17/18 coils were detained by them while the others were in a custom bonded ware house which we also detained, she stated. The petitioner was accused of abusing the facility of SRO allowing them concession as manufacturer while they were accused of selling the imported item into local market instead of manufacturing at their factory, she explained.

Khalid Rajpar advocate appearing for Pakistan Customs and Deputy Attorney General for Federal government told the bench that the petitioner is not joining the investigations.

Barrister Wajiha disputed the statement and said that petitioner have joined the investigations as well as provided all documents to the DIT Officials.

If you are claiming the ownership,  have documents which can be provided to the respondents then they have no case, observed the bench.

The FIR was lodged without jurisdiction and contrary to the provisions of the law, she submitted adding that 900 workers are out of work due to un-necessary action by the DIT.

We are ready to take the consignment to Lahore factory under their escort, she said praying for the release of goods pending petitions.

The bench later put of the proceedings till Nov 12 seeking more documents and giving a chance to custom officials to establish their case.

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