Lawmaker tables constitutional amendment bill for prevention of alcohol sale in the name of non-Muslims

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Hindu lawmaker Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, has put forth a bill for constitutional amendment in the National Assembly Secretariat. The bill contains prohibition of alcohol sale in the name of Non-Muslims. MNA Ramesh Kumar while talking to media explained that usage of liquor is considered as harmful in all societies, and all religions demand their followers to avoid the alcohol.

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Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, head of Pakistan Hindu Council, mentioned that Article 37 of the Constitution of Pakistan upholds social justice and suppression of social ills. He maintained that the State is responsible to prevent the consumption of alcoholic liquor other than for medicinal purposes and in the case of non-Muslims and their religious purposes.

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“All the religions existing in Pakistan are agreed that none of any religion is allowing the consumption of alcoholic liquor for the religious purposes,” he said, as he emphasized on the religious teachings of different religions. “Please let me know any single religion who asks the followers to consume the alcohol on the occasions of religious festivals,” he asked.

He went on to assert that alcohol is strictly restricted in various Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Bangladesh, and Sudan, he added that some of other Muslim countries like UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Central Asian States permit opening wine shops but not in the name of Non-Muslims. “If the purpose to allow the wine shops is the collection of revenue, then why this permission is not considered for all citizens regardless of religion, to collect the revenue on larger scale,” he said.