Balochistan High Court imposes ban on tractors supplying water in Quetta
Syed Ali Shah :
QUETTA: Balochistan High Court (BHC) has imposed a ban on tractors supplying water and construction materials in Quetta city. A division bench of the BHC comprising Mr. Justice Hashim Khan Kakar and Mr. Justice Nazeer Ahmed Langove passed this order on a constitutional petition on Tuesday.
Senior lawyer Nazeer Agha Advocate, Muhammad Aamir Rana Advocate, Rahib Buledi Advocate, and others had filed the petition. Shai Haq Baloch, the Additional Advocate General Balochistan presented the government during the hearing. The tractors cannot supply water, sand, concrete, cement, etc in the heart of Quetta city.
The learned counsel also pointed out that the Federal Government had granted a subsidy of Rs. 1.5 million on a tractor in order to promote the agriculture sector across Pakistan. The use of those tractors for commercial purposes other than agriculture is illegal, the counsel mentioned.
Turn tractors into Mazda-Trucks within next two months
The court directed the owners of the tractors to turn their tractors into Mazda trucks within the next two months. The representatives of the police department noted that scores of kids have lost their lives because of reckless driving in Quetta city. The provincial and federal governments don’t allow the tractors obtained for agriculture purposes to be used for commercial purposes, the bench noted.
Court directs publishing advertisements in print and electronic media
The Secretary RTA, PTA and SSP traffic to make publication in this regard in print and electronic media.
Senior lawyers pleaded before the court that the tractor owners have been using tractors for commercial use rather than for the promotion of agriculture sector. They also noted that reckless driving on the part of tractor drivers have claimed scores of precious human lives in Quetta city. The bench adjourned the hearing of the case till November 22, 2021.