Barrister Muhammad Ahmad Pansota filed a Civil Suit on behalf of Coded Minds Pakistan against FoodPanda titled as Coded Minds Pakistan Vs. FoodPanda. It was heard by Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi of the Sindh High Court.

Barrister Pansota assisted the Court that Coded Minds Pakistan and FoodPanda entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement on 08-01-2020 whereby the Coded Minds Pakistan were to provide the academic services (Curriculum, Learning Kits {if required} & teachers) to the riders of FoodPanda and their families, and correspondingly FoodPanda was to provide student body from amongst the riders and their families.

Barrister Pansota submitted before the Court that in order to fulfill the contractual commitments as per the Agreement and to abide by the timeline in order to launch the Project on time, Coded Minds Pakistan started working on its obligations and had already spent a hefty amount of USD 916,306 when FoodPanda, suddenly, backed out from the Agreement without specifying any reason.

Barrister Pansota also emphasized that the case does not only have a Commercial significance but also has a humanitarian side to it, as FoodPanda riders come from a very humble background and generally do not afford to have a quality education for themselves let alone for their families. The Project if concluded, would have been a game changer for this hardworking faction of the Society.

Barrister Pansota while making his submissions requested to the Court to direct FoodPanda to specifically perform their obligations as per the terms of the Agreement or should, in alternative, pay damages worth USD 11,916,306 to Coded Minds Pakistan, and restrain FoodPanda from entering into any fresh Agreement relating to the same subject matter with any third party or to take an adverse action against the employees of the defendants who were appointed pursuant to the Agreement already entered in between the Parties.

The Sindh High Court, in light of the submissions made by Barrister Pansota, have directed FoodPanda to abide by the terms and conditions of the Agreement in letter and spirit and further, restrained FoodPanda from entering into any fresh Agreement relating to the same subject matter with any third party or to take an adverse action against the employees of the defendants who were appointed pursuant to the Agreement already entered in between the Parties, till the next date of hearing fixed on October 4, 2021.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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