Need to work together to resolve public interest issues: CJP

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked on Sunday that a collective effort is required to resolve issues affecting the public. 

He made the comments while heading a three-member larger bench, comprising Justices Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah, that is hearing cases of substandard packaged milk, environmental pollution, and contaminated water.

As the bench began the proceedings, the chief justice remarked that this is a matter of public interest and everyone will have to work together for it.

He also thanked all government officials who are attending the hearing for coming in on a holiday.

Sindh Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Managing Director Hashim Raza Zaidi, and Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, among other officials, are attending the hearing.

‘Confiscate unhealthy injections used on cows’

The court began hearing the matter of packaged milk first.

As the proceedings began, the court Nazir (official) submitted a report on the matter, which had been summoned the day before. 

The chief justice ordered the chief secretary to direct the drug inspector to conduct market raids and confiscate injections used to enhance milk production in cows by infusing hormones.

He also ordered the Federal Investigation Agency and the drug inspector to evaluate the stocks of injection with distributors and retailers. 

Tea whiteners are not milk: CJP 

During the hearing, representatives of milk companies submitted their response to the court. They stated that milk and tea whiteners are separate things, as tea whiteners are made from milk. 

To this, the chief justice remarked that “tea whiteners are not milk in any sense”.

“You have to give in writing, through advertisements on TV and print, that this is not milk,” he observed and gave the companies four weeks to ensure the warning is printed on packets. 

The chief justice also observed that they will look at the matter of packaged milk first then move on to ‘open milk’. 

The chief justice also ordered the court official to take Rs50,000 from all milk companies and have their product’s tests conducted by Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.