KARACHI: The hearing of four identical petitions filed by Karachi International Container Terminal Ltd, Pakistan International Container Terminal, South Asia Pakistan Terminal Ltd VS Pakistan and Qasim International Container Terminal Pak Ltd versus Federal of Pakistan and others was adjourned on Thursday by a customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan.

The petitioners challenged directions issued by Maritime Ministry to KPT to ask the terminal operator to not to charge the “scanning charges”.

At the outset of today’s hearing Saadat Yar Khan advocate appearing for the respondent KPT questioned the maintainability of the petition and said it was a communication between two government organizations and the petitioners are the private organizations.

The counsel for petitioners rebutting the contention said that KPT was working and acting on behalf of the Maritime Ministry and hence, issue of maintainability does not arises.

The bench after a brief hearing adjourned further proceedings asking the respondent KPT to file copy of relevant clause of  “Implementation Agreement”.

The scanners have been installed recently and are used for examination of the containers meant for export and imports.