LAHORE - A Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Saqib Nisar, yesterday ordered the authorities concerned for laboratory test of the packed milk while proceedings with the suo moto case on the sale of adulterated milk in the country.

The court has moved to act on a complaint against the producers of packed milk as their products were causing various gastrointestinal problems to the citizens, particularly children.

During the course of hearing, the judge observed that the government was responsible to check the sale of adulterated milk but the court was looking into matter after the government failed to act. The judge also quizzed the government as to how many new hospitals and educational institution it set up and observed it was a pity that only one cancer and one cardiac hospital existed in the country.

The apex court directed the relevant institutions to investigate and examine quality and standard of the milk, allowing them to reach the court if anyone put pressure to obtain favourable results.

The bench further observed milk is a basic need of the kids and no compromise will be made on the health of the tender souls.

Justice Nisar directed the authorities to pass the local and imported packed milk, both dry and liquid, through laboratory test and present a report thereon within next four weeks when the matter will be taken for further proceedings.

The Supreme Court had, two weeks ago, ordered the Punjab Food Authority to take strict action against the companies producing poor and substandard packed as well as loose milk, and bottled water available in the markets.

The LHC, meanwhile, stayed the sale of dairy products by two companies, which were earlier sealed by the Punjab Food Authority. The sealed companies are Millac Pvt Ltd and Premier Dairies Private Ltd.

Contempt notice to IGP Prisons

The Lahore High Court yesterday issued notice to Punjab Inspector General of Prisons Mian Farooq Nazir on a contempt petition against violation of court orders regarding re-calculation of sentence of a man who was serving jail term on charges of attacking former president Pervez Musharraf in 2003.

Justice Shahid Hameed Dar issued the notices on a contempt plea filed by Saira Khan, mother of the convict Adnan Khan. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel arguing before the court submitted that convict Adnan Khan had undergone 15-year jail term awarded to him by a military court in Musharraf attack case but he was not being released.

The counsel contended that the LHC had ordered jail authorities to re-calculate sentence of the convict after giving him benefit of remissions and fix new date for his release.

However, the authorities concerned had failed to implement the court orders, he told the court and pleaded to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondent for violating the court orders.

At this, the court issued notice to the respondent and sought reply within 15 days.