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February 19, 2014 Wednesday
Pakistan: SHC to hear basmati trademark case
KARACHI, Feb. 19 -- The Sindh High Court (SHC) is scheduled to hear a case on Wednesday in which two parties, Basmati Growers Association (BGA) and the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP), are likely to claim as the registered custodian of basmati, official sources said on Monday.
"We have been contesting this case in the court since long but the SHC will hear this case as fresh on Wednesday," Hamid Malhi, President of BGA, said.
He said that a judge of the court has finished hearing on the case in 2012 but the decision was in pending, while he was promoted to the Supreme Court. "His promotion, as per the law, has resulted in start hearing of the case again as a fresh case," he said.
The growers should be given the ownership of the brand, as they are attached with it since beginning, while Reap was formed in recent years. "Basmati is 10 centuries old rice, while growers have been doing it since the beginning," he said.
Jawed Ali Ghori, former chairman of Reap, said that the trademark of basmati should only be registered in the name of the government of Pakistan. "We are pursuing the case through the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan," he said.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) of India is also a party in the case, in which it has taken the position that basmati is a trademark of India and it should not be issued to Pakistan.
Malhi said that his association (BGA) has also been fighting a case against APEDA at the Delhi High Court where it has taken the position that India grows basmati in lesser locations in India than it claims for.
"BGA has filed the case at the Delhi High Court to challenge APEDA that India does not grow basmati on all the 28 locations it has registered in its country."
In December 2013, Madhya Pardesh (a town) has also been made a party in the case at the Delhi court where it claims that it also grows basmati, he said.
"We are going to oppose it very soon. We have 90 days (since December 31, 2013) to file a case against inclusion of the town as a new party. Madhya Pardesh is another town where basmati is not grown in India. We have proves for that," he added
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