Federal Shariat Court, taking up a 10-year-old plea against imported food items forbidden by Islam, has again sought reply from the federal and provincial governments on the issue.

Advocate Irfan Masood Sheikh had moved the petition and pleaded that source composition and certification of food ingredients brought in Pakistan for consumption of Muslim population needed to be included in the law to ensure compliance as per injunctions of Islam pertaining to Halal, Tayab, Athar and Khalis.

Arguing the case on Monday, the lawyer contended ‘Haraam’ food items were being imported in Pakistan unchecked.

He also produced in the court some food items including toffees, jams, jellies, chicken cubes and chips which were ‘not Halal’.

The lawyer also pointed out that ‘E-numbering system’ pertaining to non-vegetarian section of the homogenous codification required proper examination to ensure compliance of parameters set by Islam.

He prayed the court to put a ban on such food items and issue directions to the federal government and others to make law in this regard.

It merits mentioning here that a three-judge bench of the Shariat Court on January 26, 2012 had sought reply from the federal government, and the same has been practised again by the FSC issuing a notice to the respondents.

A new bench comprising Justice Dr Fida Muhammad Khan, Justice Jahangir Arshad and Justice Farooq Ahmad has directed the respondents to file reply within two weeks.

After hearing, the petitioner along with his counsels Advocate Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry and Nadim Siddiquee talked to media and lamented the delay in decision of the instant case.

They said the case was filed in 2003 and unfortunately it had not been decided despite laps of 10 years.

‘Haram’ food items manufactured with pig’s fats, alcohol and insects were being sold at almost all big departmental stores of the country, they added.