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Petition in LHC seeks ban on sale of liquor

LAHORE: A constitutional petition seeking a ban on sale of liquor in Punjab was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday, ARY News reported. A citizen, Nadeem Sarwar, moved the petition, contending that only non-Muslims are permitted to purchase liquor on their festivals under the Constitution but it is being sold at hotels and shops throughout the year in connivance with government officials. He stated that even other religions don’t permit consumption of alcohol and non-Muslims are required to get a…

Customs seize liquor bottles from passenger at Karachi airport

KARACHI: Customs officials have confiscated nine bottles of liquor at Karachi airport, ARY News reported on Tuesday. According to details, nine wine bottles were seized by custom officials from a passenger named Mansoor Ahmed, coming from Bangkok to Karachi. Sources say the man is an adviser of Peoples Unity president but the employees union has distanced itself from what they termed a former member's act. Sources say Custom officials were pressurized to hand back the liquor bottles recovered from Mansoor's…

Sharjeel produced before accountability court in graft case

KARACHI: Former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon, who made headlines after Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar found liquor in his hospital room of late, was produced before an accountability court for hearing of a Rs6 billion corruption case.  He was transported to the accountability court in an armed personnel carrier (APC). The accountability judge adjourned the hearing of the case till September 26 owing to the absence of a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor. As Memon alighted from the vehicle, he faced a…

CJP casts doubt on probe into liquor recovery case

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday questioned the fairness of a probe into recovery of liquor from a hospital room where former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon was being treated, saying the liquor samples were swapped.   The chief justice, while hearing a case regarding the shortage of hospitals in Islamabad, said he didn’t know how the samples of liquor were changed and how they were transported to a laboratory for examination. He explained if he had wanted to arrest the men who were found…

High-level committee to probe recovery of liquor from Sharjeel’s hospital room

KARACHI: Inspector General of Sindh police Amjad Javed Saleemi has set up a high-level committee to probe recovery of three bottles of liquor from former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon’s room in Ziauddin Hospital, ARY News reported. Sources say a committee headed by DIG South Javed Akhtar and comprised of SP Investigation South and SP East will look into the matter and submit its report within a week. Yesterday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar paid a surprise visit to Ziauddin Hospital where he found three…

Bottles found in Sharjeel’s hospital room contained honey, olive oil: PPP leader

KARACHI: In an effort to cover up the episode of alleged recovery of three bottles of alcohol from former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon’s hospital room, PPP leader Nasir Hussain Shah on Saturday claimed the bottles didn’t contain liquor but honey and olive oil.  Speaking to media, he offered that a medical check-up of Memon be conducted to ascertain this fact. He said they held Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in high esteem. The PPP leader said the bottles recovered from the hospital’s kitchen should also be…

Sharjeel shifted to jail after recovery of liquor bottles from hospital room

KARACHI: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar’s surprise visit to PPP leader Sharjeel Memon’s room at the Ziauddin hospital on Saturday morning led to recovery of three bottles of liquor.  The chief justice’s visit not only caught the former Sindh minister off guard but also spurred the police into action after discovery of the bottles of liquor from his hospital room. Memon has been shifted to Central Jail, Karachi and so far three people, including a security guard, have been arrested while CCTV footage and other evidence…