SHC seeks report regarding wine shops, wine consumption

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed Excise & Taxation department to submit details regarding number of wine shops, as well as, demand and consumption of wine.

SHC bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a petition in which the petitioner stated that Excise & Taxation department has permitted too many wine shops to sell wine and issued many 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 proportionate populations of non-Muslims in the Metropolis, the petitioner 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 number of wine shops, their locations and wine’s consumption and demand on 28th September.

Earlier SHC had also directed DG Excise & Taxation to produce details regarding wine shop licenses and tell the court how many such licenses have been issued so far.