If You Eat, Smoke or Drink in Public in Ramadan, You’ll Get Fined and Go to Prison

The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs has approved the Ehtram-e-Ramadan (Amendment) Bill for the upcoming month when Muslims are expected to fast during Ramadan. The new law prevents citizens from eating or smoking in the open during Ramadan, with violators getting penalized if they do so. According to the amended law, violators will now be charged a Rs. 500 fine along with 3-months of imprisonment.

The new amendment has also changed the fine structure for hotel owners, TV channels, and cinemas. Hotel owners will be fined Rs. 25,000, instead of Rs. 500 as per the 1981 Ehtram-e-Ramadan Ordinance, and TV channels or cinema houses will be charged Rs. 5,00,000 or more if they are found violating the Ordinance.


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Senator Tanveer Khan introduced this amendment back in January during a Senate session. His bill was further sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs for approval. His proposal, which demands strict action against those who violate the law during the holy month, has been unanimously approved by the Committee and will soon be put to action.

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In the Senate meeting, the committee also discussed the issue of cinema houses and recommended closing them down three hours after iftar and three hours every morning during Ramadan. Another member, Pir Amin Ul Hasnat Shah – the Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony suggested the meeting that cinemas should be closed for the entire month of Ramadan.

It should be mentioned that similar laws exist in other Muslim majority countries as well. It is illegal to eat or drink in public before iftar in other Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, for both Muslims and non-Muslims. However, these rules exempt pregnant women and children from the penalties since punishing them is deemed disrespectful during the month of Ramadan.


  • Adnan

    Great Great Step : Need More Strict Rules and High Penalty

    • Ahad Naqvi

      Nope; freedom of religion is important and why does it apply to all the citizens. It should not apply to non-muslims. Plus there are many people who can not fast due to various reasons. Islam is about understanding one another, not imposing your ideaology on another. In Islam God has already told us what to do in case of violation then why should there be such addition in religion. LOL!

      • Ahsan Zafar

        Exactly !!

      • Ahsan Shah

        My father is diagnosed with condition that he could’t fast. He has been fasting since his childhood and never left a single roza. But this is his first Ramzan that he might leave some. How can those people be so cruel to even patients.

      • Ahsan Shah

        My father is diagnosed with condition that he could’t fast. He has been fasting since his childhood and never left a single roza. But this is his first Ramzan that he might leave some. How can those people be so cruel to even patients.

        • Ahad Naqvi

          My point exactly!

  • ABC

    Zia-ul-Haq Khappayyy

  • This country is run by snowflakes. And if you are offended by just the sight of someone eating during Ramadan, you need to go learn what Ramadan is actually about.

    Ramadan is about controlling your impulses and if you can’t do that because you saw someone eating, then you’re failing already.

    • C

      Agreed. Sending a person to jail for just eating outside is barbarous; impose a fine, sentence him to be a janitor in public toilets for a month straight, but jail? The same jail murderers, rapists, and thieves go to?

      As if we didn’t already have an extremist image in the international media, now we’ll be associating one of our holiest month with jail terms just for eating. We’re supposed to be a religion of peace and forgiveness, not extremism.

    • Ahad Naqvi

      Thank you, you’re one of the few sane people here.

    • Ahsan Zafar

      correct

  • Citizen Khan

    Hmmm, can’t say this decision is correct. I don’t think RAMADAN should be associated with fines and jail terms. I think people should be educated about RAMADAN if they are eating or smoking before IFTAR rather than fines or jail terms. This is not Islamic at all.

    • Saitama

      What ramdan is actually known for in Pakistan: Eating 4 times your normal dinner size for sehri and iftari, road rage, sleeping all day, ban on the already dying entertainment businesses.

  • Sanaullah

    Ham to khaenge piyenge saream. Rokne wale ki pen di siri. Khana peena insani ka buniyadi haq hai. Kisi ki Gnd men takleef hoti hai to ghar beth kar roze rakhe. Idiot type chutya people. Ye chutye Haramkhori b karte hain. Rishwat b khate hain. Bachion se zina b karte hain, ghaple karte hain, jaali adwyat, khane ki chezen b bechte hain or roze b rakhte hain , or dusron ko khane se rokte hain. Tuwade pen di siri.

    • Adeel

      Bhai tera comment parh k Indian yaad aa gaye, Har baat par gaaliyan dena ye cheez un k khoon mein paayi jati hai 🤔

      • Muhammad Areeb

        g adeel bhai mujhe bhi ye indian hi lagta gai

      • Muhammad Areeb

        g adeel bhai mujhe bhi ye indian hi lagta gai

  • Miserable Karachi Ki Awam

    Kash Koi Aisa Notice Bhe Kabhi Aa Jaay :-

    Street Criminals And Roberrers, Mobile And Money Snatchers + Killers Will Be Punished Or Hanged Till Death,

    If They Were Found Looting Karachi People :(

  • Talal

    میں ملحدین کا درد سمجھ سکتا ہوں. باندر کی اولادیں اب پورا مہینہ اچھل کود کے بعد بھرے مجمعے میں سب کے سامنے کیلا بھی نہ کھا سکیں گے

    • C

      How to convince people of your religion (according to Talal): Call them monkies if they disagree with you and force your opinion down everyone’s throat. If they disagree regardless, put them in jail for 3 months because they did something Supreme Leader Talal disagreed with.

      Sounds a lot like what ISIS does. Doesn’t it?

      Show me one instance where Prophet SAW or his followers punished someone for publicly eating during Ramadan. If you can’t avoid temptation during the month that’s designated for you to avoid temptations, and all it takes to null your fast is seeing someone eating/drinking, what kind of a Muslim are you?

      • Talal

        You can’t guide desi seculars. They left the religion believing in science that taught them they came from big bang and monkeys, and god is a fairytale.

        I don’t care if people were punished or not. Back then Muslums were too pious to fast instead of eating in public. You can’t compare people of those times to people of today. Christians, jews and even idolators of arab they all used to fast depending on their belief system.
        But today seculars are the worst moralless breed on earth. They hate all religions and hurt people feelings by attacking their religion.

        • C

          I said show me one instance, you moron. Non-believers have always existed and will always exist.

          “You can’t compare people of those times to people of today. Christians, jews and even idolators of arab they all used to fast depending on their belief system.”

          Believe it or not worst people existed then than exist today. Pelting our Prophet SAW with stones to the point his shoes filled with his own blood, tried to kill him multiple times. Poisoned him, to which he SAW succumbed to. Banu Israel killed 43 prophets in one day. Whatever transgressions people commit today, killing prophets or even trying to kill prophets is something above it. Not to mention:

          There is no compulsion in religion – Surah Al Baqra: 256

          You’re exactly the kind of extremist ISIS are. I’m a Muslim but people like you give Muslims a bad name. Don’t force your flavour of crazy on people, are you so pure that you’ve never sinned?

          • Yaseen Khawar

            Yes . Shame on u Talal .Totally agree with C. This is a shame ful act of this dirty bitch govt…

        • C

          If people want to believe God is a fairytale that’s their right. God himself said that you cannot force people into religion; as he himself said that fasting is between him and the man who’s fasting and he alone will reward it. Are you saying your opinion transcends God’s command? You’re gonna force people to fast now?

        • C

          “Back then Muslums were too pious to fast instead of eating in public.”

          More BS, Munafiqs existed even then who acted like believers in front of Prophet SAW and his companions and acted against him in secret. Allah himself called Munafiqs out and assured Prophet SAW of His support. All Khulfa e Rashideen were martyred because of internal plots. Either provide me with a shred of evidence that proves people who eat during Ramadan should be punished or stop spewing BS.

    • Sanaullah

      صحیع کہا۔ باندر اب کیلا بہ نہیں کھا سکینگے۔ 30 دنوں تک۔ ملحدین اپنی جگہ پر خوش ہیں۔ 50 ساٹھ سال میں باندر انسان بن ئی جائینگے۔ پریکٹس کرتے رہیں بوکھا رہنے کی۔

  • Ehsan Ul Haq Bukhari

    Good but sorry to say today in Multan near Nagana chowk I saw a police officer smoking early 9:20am so how they implement ?????

  • Zeesh

    Lets change our flag and remove the white portion. Why are we forcing our religion on minorities who are not fasting. Plus, what about those who cannot fast due to medical reasons? What about children for whom its not compulsory to fast? Bas law bana do sab ki band bajanay keliye. Khud to hamaray politicians have broken corruption records. Where has religion gone when it comes to their punishment. Losers. Pakistan is going into the dark ages!

  • Mohammad Jamal

    Senseless act.

  • Yaseen Khawar

    This just shows choti soch of patwari govt. Shame on u for this act….