Govt prioritize public interests in policies making: CJ PHC remarked

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that government prioritize public in formulation policies and added that officers are unfit for administrative offices who did not able to implement court orders, on Thursday.
During hearing of case regarding smuggling of chickens and livestock to neighboring countries which has caused hike in prices, Chief Justice remarked that appoint competent officers who are able for administrative offices and the unfit office leave for relax position.
Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that court has several directed to stop smuggling and export of chicken and meat but smuggling is continue to neighboring countries and added that our public has right to first avail resources and court will accept proposal of those whose top priority is public.
Additional Advocate General (AAG) Syed Sikandar Shah, Secretary Food Khushal Khan, Collector Custom Malak Kamran. Additional Attorney General Ameer Javed, District Police Officers Bajaur Abdul Samad Khan along with Deputy Commissioners and District Police Officers of merged districts appeared before court.
Focal person in the case secretary food Khushal Khan informed PHC that several officers have assured the implementation of court’s orders and added that information regarding ban on export of chicken and meat was received with delay by competent officials however now the competent authorities had assured that export shall be stop at any cost in their jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Poultry Association (KPPA) counsel Adnan Aman requested for becoming party in the case which was accepted by the honorable court. The counsel requested that if competent authorities sit with KPPA to set the differences which will led to fall in prices of chicken.
Subsequently, Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that court only concern is the availability of chicken on reasonable price for public.
Secretary Food informed that Pakistan Poultry Association demanding export of one day chicks and eggs to Afghanistan but it may cause shortage crisis.
Collector Custom Malak Kamran informed PHC that in 20 kilometers radius of bordering region Frontier Core (FC) is deployed and FC is controlling smuggling and only assisting Federal Revenue Board (FBR).
Subsequently, Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that court will direct FC to play their role in stopping of smuggling and implementation of court’s order.
Chief Justice remarked that federal government must formulate policies in public interest and export surplus items.
Chief Justice directed Ministry of Commerce and FBR to establish comprehensive plan in this regard.
Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rashid directed Inspector General of FC to cooperate with FBR in curtaining smuggling.
The two-member bench of Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rahid and Justice Nasir Mehfooz directed Deputy Commissioners of merged districts to submit report within three weeks and further hearing was adjourned till 9 September.