By Dr. Hassan Isfahani
It’s prohibited to prepare, import, sell or buy شراب beverages in Pakistan. Only specific joints are allowed to import and sell the شراب to the non-Muslims. There are many laws and regulations in acquiring such licence. There are authorities which regulate and control the distribution, sales and consumption of شراب beverages.
But like every other thing in Pakistan, illegal شراب is being consumed, sold and bought semi-openly in every village, town and city. Imported bottles of شراب are expensive but are used comonly in the upper societies whereas the usage of desi شراب fomented locally in rudimentary fashion is used many people in middle and lower middle class.
Though the number of people who drink شراب is very low as compared to the total population in Pakistan, still those numbers are not negligible. Like other taboos, most of the people talk negative about the sharab but when available they enjoy it at full throttle. Most of these people pay money to the Christians, who can get these شراب bottles legally through the license.
In Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other big cities, many Christians have established businesses selling شراب to the Muslims covertly. Through mobile phones, its very easy to order desi or walaiti bottle. Some Christians have even established pub-like-joints, where they not only provide the taboo drink, but also provide girls, and also ensure security because they pay monthly to the local police.
A resolution has been put forward in the Punjab assembly to revoke the licenses of liquor from joints and the Christians. Do you agree with that?