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Ban on alcohol consumption by non-Muslim is opposed in NA

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ISLAMABAD: The proposal to withdraw an exception permitting the drinking of alcohol by non-Muslims in Pakistan is opposed by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights on Monday.

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The meeting chaired by MNA Mehmood Bashir Virk and was attended by its members along with officials of the ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights in which the verdict was taken.

Earlier, JUI-F MNA Maulana Mohammad Shirani asked that a ban on the drinking of alcohol by non-Muslims should be imposed in the Parliament and that such an exemption provided in the law should be withdrawn.

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However, it was revealed to the committee members by an official of the ministry of the Law, Justice and Human Rights with the reference of an Article in Constitution in which there is mentioned that there will be no restriction on the drinking of alcohal by non-Muslims and that it is also part of the Hudood Ordinance. The members also expressed their apprehensions regarding the proposal by Maulana Mohammad Shirani.

At this occasion, Committee Chairman Mahmood Bashir Virk said that the government should first make efforts to control alcohal by Muslims.

“The world already considers Pakistani as a conservative nation,” said Virk.

Committee members also declared that such imposition will be bound to convey not a positive image of Pakistan to the world but rather bad one.

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