KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) was informed on Monday that the petitioner seeking the ban on Gutka and other harmful substances has died, ARY News reported.
Muzammil Mumtaz Advocate, the petitioner’s lawyer, informed the higher court that the petitioner Naseem Haider died of mouth cancer and that his mother and sister have appeared in court.
Naseem Haider’s sister informed the bank that her two brothers died from painful deaths due to the use of Gutka and advocated a total ban on the harmful substance.
A division bank headed by Judge Salahuddin Panhwar heard a petition against the manufacture and sale of gutka and other harmful substances.
“Why the legislation was not approved so far,” the court asked the government representative. “The bill was sent to the governor of Sindh after approval by the provincial cabinet,” the government official replied.
The attack on Gutka, Mainpuri, Mava and other harmful substances has slowed in the city, the court observed. The bank ordered a vigorous operation against the sale and use of Gutka and other substances in Karachi.
Gutka is sold and the factories manufacture the substance in the city’s Jodia Bazaar, the petitioner’s lawyer said.
The police department said in its report that an offensive was launched against Gutka throughout the province.
The bank ordered the I.G. Police must expedite the operation against the sale and use of Gutka and other substances, and the court must be informed at the next hearing about the number of raids and cases registered against criminals.
The court also ordered the Rangers to extend the helping hand to the police in repression against the sale of Gutka.
The court ordered the government to submit its final report on the legislation at the next hearing of the case, since the hearing was postponed until March 3.