ISLAMABAD (APP) - The federal government on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court praying to issue order for fixing uniform sugar rates across the country. The petition was filed on behalf of Government of Punjab making Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and others as respondents. It was prayed to bringing the price of sugar at par in all the provinces. It was contended in the petition that the sugar rate fixed for Punjab at Rs40 per kg was lower than the process fixed in the other three provinces, which may likely result in smuggling of the commodity. The Supreme Court admitted the petition for regular hearing, During the proceedings, a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, issued notices to the chief secretaries of NWFP, Sindh, Balochistan and respondents and adjourned the hearing for October 1 (Thursday). Khawaja Haris, counsel for the Punjab government, appeared before the court. In the petition the Punjab government submitted that the sugar price in Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP was much higher than Punjab as fixed by the Lahore High Court. Hence, the implementation of this order would inevitably result in movement of sugar from Punjab to the other provinces, the petition said adding that it would in turn result in shortage of sugar in the province, causing hardship to the public, besides operating as impediment in the effective implementation of the order of the Lahore High Court. It was contended that under the constitution, the provincial government did have any power or authority to impose any restriction on the freedom of trade, commerce or import/export from one province to another or within any part of Pakistan. The petition further contends that in order to prevent shortage in Punjab in pursuance of the implementation of the order of the Lahore High Court and for effective implementation of the order dated September 7, 2009, appropriate orders are required in the public interest.