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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday restricted utilization of plastic bags at all stores in the provincial capital and allowed them a 15-day deadline time to conform to the order. The order was passed by Justice Shahid Karim on an application moved by Haroon Farooq.

Petitioner’s counsel Barrister Abuzar Salman Niazi told the court that in October 2019, the provincial chief secretary had given an undertaking to a full bench in a separate case that the government would introduce law on prohibition of polythene bags. The counsel battled that being most thickly populated province of Pakistan, the polythene sacks were utilized in Punjab in variety and colossal numbers.

He stated the polythene sacks were found to have been a reason for significant condition debacles as per latest researches from all around the world.

He disclosed to the court that these bags could cause sewerage framework harm, spread of ailments/pestilences, soil contamination, water contamination, floods, in the long run prompting extreme condition contamination and human wellbeing risks in both urban and provincial territories of Punjab.He further added that plastic bags were not only harmful for human life but to the animals and aquatic life as well.

Subsequent to hearing the arguments, Justice Karim saw that the plastic bags and their usage is one of the major causes for environment contamination.

As an initial step, the judge limited all stores from the usage of plastic bags and change to alternatives that are environment friendly, inside 15 days. He likewise guided a law official to guarantee consistence of the order and suspended hearing till the following Friday.

Credits- Express Tribune

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