The Karachi Dairy Farmers Association announced on Wednesday to increase milk prices from Rs85 per litre to Rs108.
The government did not agree to the new price, which led the association to act on its own. Many retail shops, however, are still selling milk at the old prices.
The association has challenged the Sindh government. “If you want to arrest us, go ahead,” said Karachi Dairy Farmers Association Director Shakir Gujjar, adding that they are used to this. “If Karachiites want to stop buying milk, go ahead,” he said.
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Ali Shallwani and Sindh Supply and Prices Minister Muhammad Ismail Rahu met at the commissioner’s office on Thursday to decide whether the milk prices should increase or not.
They announced in a press conference that the price would not go up and milk would be sold at Rs94 per litre in all shops.
They also said that if anyone increases the price on their own, the Sindh government will take action. As man as 44 shops in Karachi selling milk at a higher price were penalised for more than Rs200,000 by the Sindh government.
The association supplies 4.5 million litres of milk to Karachi.
With reporting by Ashraf Khan, Syed Khursheed Alam and Mohammad Ali Hafeez