The Lahore high court has ordered the release of tonnes of imported Indian
sugar held up at railway godowns in Pakistan declaring it not injurious to human
Indian sugar was kept at the railways godowns as the PSQCA and the PCSIR laboratories
were checking its quality.
ruling comes on a petition filed by Swera Traders pleading for the release of
the commodity as it was being consumed in several countries, including India,
Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the Daily Times newspaper reported.
their third petition, the Swera Traders said the company had imported 2,272 tonnes
of sugar from India, but the customs authorities had refused to release it on
the grounds that it was awaiting a test report from the PCSIR laboratories.
company claimed that the chemical examination done by the PCSIR was not according
to the required standard and therefore the court should not consider its report.
Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) had submitted a report based
on a PCSIR report declaring the sugar sub-standard and recommending a ban on it.
The PSQCA said an independent test conducted by Shahtaj Sugar Mills also came
up with the same conclusion.
Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) had, meanwhile, moved a petition pleading
that the court halt the marketing and sale of the sugar in Pakistan.
counsel Chaudhry Fawad Hussain had alleged that the imported sugar was hazardous
Ahmad, a sugarcane grower, had also filed a petition challenging import of the