SC issues notices to AGP, provincial AGs over price escalation of flour

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Attorney General for Pakistan and the Advocate General of the four  Provinces so that the hearing and proceedings in this very important constitutional case can be charted out and properly regulated.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja comprising  Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed resumed hearing of the

Liaqat Baloch petition regarding the price escalation of Atta/Flour.

During the course of proceedings, Seerat Asghar, Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research appeared before the bench and said that there is sufficient production of essential food items but the storage and distribution system is inadequate as a result, vulnerable segments of society are not receiving sustainable nutrition.

Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja remarked that adequate steps should be taken to resolve the problem and to ensure delivery of essential food items to the poorer segments of society at affordable prices.

He observed that Governments should make sure that the fundamental rights and relevant Constitutional Provisions such as Articles 9, 14 and 38 are complied with and the Governments ensure to resolve the matter in a timely manner.

Justice Jawwad remarked that the court is hearing the case since October, 2013 but the the Federal Govt. and the four Provincial Governments failed to take adequate steps for making essential foodstuffs available to the most vulnerable segments of society.

Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja remarked that governments were not fulfilling legal and constitutional obligation.

He observed that the Law Officers would assist the Court over the constitutional consequences of the failure of the five Executive Governments, if the constitutional requirement of the aforesaid provisions cannot be met.

The court adjourned hearing of the case till May 20.