KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed Sindh Excise & Taxation department to submit details regarding number of wine shops, its demand and consumption.
Earlier DG Excise & Taxation appeared before the court and submitted the report which was observed incomplete by the court. SHC bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah directed him to furnish a report comprising number of wine shops, its demand and consumption within seven days.
The bench was hearing a petitions filed by Tasleem, Imam of Jama Masjid Old Golimar and another citizen who moved the court against open selling of liquor in thickly Muslim populated areas.
The petitioners stated that Excise & Taxation department has permitted too many wine shops and issued a large number of licenses for this purpose. According to the rules wine licenses should be issued only for those areas where non-Muslims are in majority but it seems that there are more wine shops then the number of non-Muslims in the Metropolis” the petitioners stated.
Wine licenses were issued to people belonging to Christian community and other minorities but under the garb of these licenses, wine is being sold in thickly populated Muslim areas also including Boat Basin, Clifton, SeaView, Korangi and Defence Housing Authority.
The court directed Excise & Taxation department to submit details regarding the exact number of wine shops, their locations and wine’s consumption and demand in this city within one week.