Liquor Shop Closed Due Protest in F B Area Karachi
KARACHI: The residents of Federal B Area launched a protest against opening of a liquor store in their locality resulting in Karachi commissioner to order the closure of the shop on Tuesday.
The excise department had recently granted permission for the opening of the liquor shop in Federal B Area’s Block 5 and since then the residents had been protesting against it.
As the authorities feared that the protest might lead to a law and order situation, Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui chaired a meeting, which was also attended by deputy commissioners (DC) of all six districts, representatives of police, the Sindh excise department — the authority which issues permissions for opening of liquor shops — and civil society.
While ordering the closure of the liquor store, commonly known as a wine shop, he directed DC-Central Afzal Zaidi to ensure that no law and order situation was created because of the liquor shop.
The meeting also decided that the excise department would be asked to grant permission to open a liquor shop only after obtaining a no-objection certificate from the deputy commissioner concerned.
DC-East Asif Jan Siddiqui informed the meeting that 329 cases had been registered and 404 people had been arrested for illegally selling liquor and drugs during the four months i.e. between July and October.
He said that 120 litres of liquor/booze as well as other contraband items had been confiscated.
The representative of Karachi police informed the meeting that 1,113 people had been arrested in Karachi’s South district, while action had been taken against 30 sheesha cafes.
As many as 1,574 people had been arrested for selling narcotics in West district.
The excise department representative informed the meeting that 33 cases had been registered in the past four months and 34 people had been arrested.
Khalid Shah of the Private Schools Association informed the meeting that a campaign had been launched in 31 schools in Central district to create awareness among children regarding harmful effects of gutka and mainpuri.
He said that similar campaigns would be launched in schools in East and West districts.
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