Supreme Court Suspends Sindh High Court’s Order to Seal Liquor Shops

The Supreme Court has stopped Sindh High Court’s order to seal 120 liquor shops in Sindh.

The suspension to the SHC order was issued after the Supreme Court heard the petition of two of the liquor store owners.

A two member bench at the Supreme Court consisting of Justice Ijaz Afzal and Justice Mazhar Alam declared that the Sindh High Court cannot issue an order concerning sale of liquor when a law concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages across Pakistan already exists.

Properly Licensed and Taxed by The Government

Representing the liquor shop owners, lawyer Shahid Hamid challenged the Sindh High Court’s decision saying that the liquor shops in Sindh were properly licensed and taxed by the government. The shops should be allowed to operate normally, said Mr. Shahid.

Justice Afzal remarked that sale of alcohol had been banned in the country back in 1979. He said,

If someone is found violating the law [regarding the sale of liquor], the police can act against them,

He added that if someone violates the law after the current ruling, proceedings of contempt can be ruled against them.

Ban Shouldn’t Be Removed

Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who also happens to be a PML-N lawmaker, said that the Hindu religion prohibits consumption of liquor.

He said that some of the shops selling alcohol are near mosques, temples and churches. He added that the Supreme Court should not remove the ban on liquor sale in Sindh until the Sindh High Court officially responds about the regulation of liquor sale.

The Supreme Court said that it will hear the petitions of the wine shop owners in the next three weeks.

Sindh High Court’s Decision

Sindh High Court banned the sale of alcohol following a petition by Dr. Ramesh on March 2nd. Chief Justice of SHC Justice Sajjad Ali Shah rejected the report submitted by Sindh DG Excise Police and ordered them to present a detailed report about the sale of alcohol and how the wine shops got their licenses.

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  • Rehman Saleem Awan

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan………Sureme Court…………RIP

  • Kaithsi Damha

    if said petitioner happened to go to IHC, they definitely got a slap on this issue.

  • Geek At Large

    Banning isn’t the solution. If there’s a demand, it’ll be met with a supply. Closing the shops will create a black market for it. Government needs to focus on regulating and taxing that supply instead of banning.

    Since consumption of alcohol is detrimental to health and most Muslims don’t consume it anyway, it should be taxed heavily. Make the shops pay tax on every unit sold and spend the money on building some hospitals and schools in interior Sindh.

    • Khalid Yaldram

      Btw you are agent so i have no idea you can able to read below text.
      ۔ آنحضرت صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا:

      (( لَعَنَ اللّٰہُ الْخَمْرَ، وَشَارِبَھَا،
      وَسَاقِیْھَا، وَبَائِعِھَا، وَمُبْتَاعِھَا، وَعَاصِرِھَا،
      وَمُعْتَصِرِھَا، وَحَامِلِھَا، وَالْمَحْمُوْلَۃُ إِلَیْہِ۔ ))1

      ” شراب پر اور اس کے پینے پلانے والے، بیچنے اور خریدنے والے، نچوڑنے اور
      نچڑوانے والے، اٹھانے والے اور جس کی طرف شراب اٹھائی گئی ہیں سب پر اللہ
      تعالیٰ نے لعنت کی ہے۔ ”

      دوسری روایت میں الفاظ ہیں:

      (( وَآکِلُ ثَمَنِھَا۔ ))2

      ” اور اس کی قیمت کھانے والے پر بھی اللہ کی لعنت ہے۔ ”

      • Geek At Large

        ایک تو آپ جیسے لوگ کسی بھی مختلف رائے رکھنے والے فرد کو ایجنٹ بنا دیتے ہیں۔

        I’m a hafiz by the way. The hadith you’re quoting doesn’t apply in modern era.

        • Bilal

          I agree no one should call someone agent or non Muslim but can you explain how that hadith(if it is) no longer valid?

        • MFS

          Bullshit. you are saying hadith does not apply in this era and there will come a time when you will say that particular ayat does not apply today. are you out of your mind!

        • ads

          lanat ha tere hafiz honey per jo yeh kehta ha hadith don’t apply in modern era

        • Khalid Yaldram

          قادیانی مذہب کا حافظ ۔۔۔۔۔ کیا مذاق ہے بیہودہ ۔۔۔۔

    • Bilal

      Taxing heavily will also create a black market so your solution is contradicting your statement.

  • Shaykh ul Islam Tahir ul Qadri

    If they will seal the liquor shops log kachi sharab peenay lagain gaye or jb ek sath 1500 log mar paray hon samaj he nhi aani buja kis k mou pa marna hai…

  • Khalid Yaldram

    (( لَا تَشْرَبِ الْخَمْرَ، فَإِنَّھَا مِفْتَاحُ کُلِّ شَرٍّ۔ ))3

    ” شراب نہ پی کیونکہ یہ ہر برائی کی چابی ہے۔ ”

  • Saad Zaidi

    A good decision… IHC and Sindh high court are lunatics… should focus on real issues not just focus on making us a joke globally