The Sindh High Court issued directives for the appearance of the focal person of inspector general of police and an officer of the National Highway Authority on May 6 for the petition regarding the inter-provincial goods’ transportation.
The petition stated that during a lockdown, there was no ban on transportation of essential goods within the country.
However, Petrol stations, auto workshops, spare parts shops, and tire puncture shops were closed on highways, making it difficult for drivers and transporters to commute.
Unless such shops reopen and become functional, it is very difficult for the petitioners to continue the supply of essential goods from one province to another.
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Both the additional advocate general and the deputy attorney general requested for time to submit comments of the NHA.
The bench directed the deputy attorney general to present the officer of the NHA on the next hearing and also asked IGP’s focal person to reply on May 6.
The additional advocate general submitted that according to his intelligence, such shops were allowed to remain open on highways, but still, he wanted some time to file comments about it.
The bench also directed the provincial law officer to come up with the legit information about whether any standard operating procedures (SOPs) had been prepared by the Sindh government for this or not.