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Unhygienic food: Crackdown enters Islamabad fining Rs144,000 collectively

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ISLAMABAD: Couple of city food inspection teams headed by different assistant commissioners of the ICT Administrations egged on by Ayesha Mumtaz on Wednesday raided, sealed and fined around 51 famous eateries across the capital, and arrested 37 food adulterators besides sealing 17 outlets.

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Although, the famous iron lady, Ayesha Mumtaz, did not participate in these fresh raids, the teams under her directives and inspiration had taken the city on storm with dramatic raids. The teams accomplished the task without any fear or favour as said Abdus Sattar Esani, the additional deputy commissioner Islamabad, who was overall in charge of the operation.

Not only did it shock the capital city but its adjacent Rawalpindi as well where food junctions ranging from high-end restaurants and cafes to roadside hotels, food processing factories to the prominent places for eating faced either notices, fines or even detention of the owner.

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These unprovoked raids across the city earned the food inspection department an amount of Rs144,000, which they imposed as fine on those food outlets collectively.

During the first day of the raids, seventeen FIRs have been lodged with respective police stations, while 37 people related to those food businesses, which came under charges of serving substandard foods were arrested.

Meanwhile, a team of Punjab Food Authority (PFA) including its director-general Asad Islam Mahni and director (operations) Ayesha Mumtaz have been invited by federal government and are currently in Islamabad.

One day before the raids, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan headed a meeting at the ministry where he directed the twin cities administration to follow the steps of PFA in cracking down against outlets selling unhygienic food.

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