Explanation Sought From Religious Affairs Ministry Over Alcohol Sale

Explanation sought from religious affairs ministry over alcohol sale

A Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench has sought an explanation from the federal religious affairs ministry regarding the sale of alcohol in the name of religion.

ISLAMABAD (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / NNI - 16th March, 2019) A Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench has sought an explanation from the Federal religious affairs ministry regarding the sale of alcohol in the name of religion.According to details, a single member bench of the high court, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, was presiding over a case related to barring the sale of alcohol.The Pakistan United Christian Movement and the Centre for Rule of Law had filed an application in the court arguing that consumption of alcohol was prohibited in almost every religion, therefore, the practice of selling liquor should be banned countrywide.The counsel of the petitioners presented a list of 340 licence holders who were selling liquor in the country in the name of religion.The Justice asked clerics from every religion to assist the court in the case while directing the religious affairs ministry to file a response on the matter.

The hearing was then adjourned for an indefinite period.Lately, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice rejected the constitutional amendment bill proposed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Dr Ramesh Kumar seeking a complete ban on consumption of alcohol in Pakistan.According to sources, the committee dubbed the bill �a publicity stunt' and �a mischievous act'.Dr Ramesh had requested parliament to amend Article 37 of the Constitution which allows the consumption of alcohol for minorities in the country.

He called for proscribing the trade license of alcohol for the Hindu community as "it is against the teachings of their religion". NNI

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