SUKKUR: On Tuesday, the Sindh High Court, Sukkur bench, reiterated its earlier order that elected public officials should supervise dog-culling drives in their respective areas and send a report to the court, and cautioned that if they did not comply with the order, contempt proceedings could be opened against them.
In several districts of Sindh, the bench consisting of Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar and Justice Mustafa Kamal Alam heard a petition concerning increasing dog-bite cases.
In the earlier hearing, the bench asked the additional advocate general (AAG) regarding certain drives and the reports as required by it. The AAG argued that the dog-culling campaign was a duty performed by local governments and that it should be the responsibility of the municipal governments to send those papers.
The bench expressed its discontent with the claim and gave explicit instructions that “members of the provincial assembly shall oversee campaigns within their respective constituencies to kill stray dogs and submit such reports regularly to the court.”
The bench also made it clear that a notice of contempt would be given to any elected public official who refused to file such papers.
The hearing was attended by senior police and city government officials.
The case was adjourned by the court to Feb 24.