Pakistan

KARACHI – Sindh High Court on Thursday ordered immediate closure of liquor shops across the province for one month.

On an application filed by PML-N lawmaker Dr Ramesh Kumar, the court rejected the report submitted by DG Excise Police Sindh and sought a detailed report into the sale of liquor and issuance of licences to liquor shops.

Until the submission of the report, the court ordered to shut down wine shops across Sindh.

MNA Kumar had claimed in his application that liquor was being sold throughout Sindh in the name of minorities although the Hindu religion barred consumption of alcohol.

He pleaded to shut down liquor shops in this regard.

Sindh high court gave 30 days’ time to the authorities and directed them to formulate a proper mechanism to channelize the sale and licensing of alcohol in the province and submit a detailed report.