LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheik Azmat Saeed will hear on Thursday (today) a civil miscellaneous petition requesting to stop Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) from purchasing sugar from open market at the rate of Rs63 to 65 whereas the commodity is being sold at Rs53 per kg in the market. He pointed out the TCP had already informed the court that it was a business arm of federal government under ministry of commerce and acted only on direction of ECC (economic coordination committee) of cabinet or the government for procuring any stocks to be deliver to Utility Stores Corporation, CSDs, etc., at a subsidize price. TCP in past had purchased sugar from Sugar Mills and had been imported from international sources for supply to USC and others, TCP had admitted in its earlier reply file before the court. He submitted by way of purchasing about 1,00,000 MT sugar, the national exchequer would face a loss of Rs2.5 billion and the public at large would be forced to purchase sugar at higher prices. It may be recalled that a writ petition was already pending against black marketing and hording of sugar. In the meantime, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, Lahores Register seeking the appointment of Federal Ombudsman, the seat vacating for last one and half year. The petitioner, Iftikhar Hussain submitted that the post of Federal Ombudsman was vacant for the last one and half year and federal government showing negligence to fill the post. He pleaded the hundreds of litigants were being ignored owing to the absence of Federal Ombudsman. He prayed the court to direct the government to fill the said post on merit by advertising it in media properly.