ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday scrapped stay order, given by the Sindh High Court on Sugar Commission Report, and ordered both the Islamabad High Court and Sindh High Court to complete the hearings and give verdicts on petitions filed by Sugar Mills in 3 weeks.
During today’s proceedings, the SC declared that the government could not issue any final order till the cases pending with the high courts are completed, and restrained government officials from passing remarks and issuing statements on the report.
On this occasion, Justice Aijazul Ahsan underscored the need for transparency so that those responsible (for sugar shortage) could be brought to justice.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the court couldn’t turn blind eye towards public interest for the sake of ‘technical issues’, adding that how could the court restrain government from performing its duties.
It may be recalled that on June 23 Sindh High Court had issued stay orders restraining the federal government from taking action against the owners of sugar mills in the light of the recommendations of Sugar Inquiry Commission.
The federal government challenged the same in Supreme Court of Pakistan, requesting the apex court to declare the SHC order null and void. It said that the SHC had no jurisdiction to halt an investigation into a matter. It added that the High Court gave relief to the petitioners without affording it a fair hearing.
It is also pertinent to mention here that Islamabad High Court had already allowed the federal government to go ahead with its actions against the sugar mills in the light of Sugar Commission report, and had dismissed petition requesting the court to stop a crackdown started on basis of an inquiry report.