KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the closure of all wine shops in Sindh, ARY News reported on Tuesday.
According to details, SHC heard a petition against illegal wine shops in the province. Director General Excise department presented its report in which it was stated that only 120 wine shops are licensed in Sindh.
The report also stated that 20,000 people of religious minorities are living in Karachi South district and only 24 shops are running in the area.
The bench, while giving the orders of shutdown of wine shops across the province, asked which law allows the wine shops to remain open for the whole year.
The court also remarked that under the Hudood Ordinance the alcohol beverages can be sold to minorities on their festivals and celebratory events only.
The bench ordered the government of Sindh to present its report regarding the progress in closure of wine shops in the province.
The court the DG Excise Department to recall the licenses of the liquor shops and prepare a report today to submit in the court.