Karachi: Commissioners order legal action against availability of alcohol

KARACHI: Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has directed concerned authorities to issue immediate notice to restaurant owners in Clifton reportedly offering alcoholic beverages to their customers.

The commissioner was informed by MPA Khurram Sher Zaman about availability, with absolute impunity, of the banned drink at different restaurants in Clifton, block three, that falls in the MPA’s constituency.

The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf’s (PTI’s) member of Sindh Assembly in his meeting with the commissioner said that this was despite the fact that alcohol is not only forbidden under religion but its availability is largely prohibited under law of the land.

“The trend registered in certain unlicensed restaurants is reflection of the fact that law can be violated by those who are resourceful,” said the MPA Khurram.

Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui in his on the spot directives asked the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Karachi – South, to see that warning letters are issued to all restaurants in the area.

He said that it must also be ensured that law under which “wine or any alcoholic bewerage” can be procured only by non-muslims from well identified licensed shops is strictly complied with.

MPA Khurram Sher Zaman on the occasion also apprised the Commissioner about poor hygienic conditions in his constituency with specific reference to faulty sewerage system, un-attended garbage dumps and non functional street light restricting mobility of women
and girls during evening hours.

He said choked gutters has particularly affected the masses as this has caused stagnant and stinking water pools with all chances of malaria outbreak.

Commissioner of Karachi assuring MPA that the issues would be addressed on urgent basis said government is committed to serve the masses and for the purpose city administration has been particularly directed to improve its image and perception among the masses.

He re-assured the MPA that concerned departments would promptly attend to the complaints with due provision for repeated confirmation that public grievances are addressed for good.

Senior KMC officials including Masood Alam, Abdul Maalik Khan, Director, Local Government, Rubina Asif and Director, Media at Commissioner Office, Shabbih Ahmad Siddiqui were also present.