‘Liquor prohibited in all religions’

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Islamabad—Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNA has said alcohol is strictly forbidden in all religions and according to the teachings of Hinduism. He was commenting on the Sindh High Court orders to shutdown of liquor shops across the province. Dr Ramesh Vankwani urged that the alcohol business is against Hinduism, and Pakistan Hindu Council is in favour of complete ban on liquor throughout the country. While giving references from Hindu’s holy book ‘Shrimad Baghwat Piran’, he said that according to the teachings of Askand -2, Adhya -17, Shilok-38, 39, 40, 41, alcohol is strictly forbidden. “Sale, production, import and transportation of alcoholic beverages in Pakistan is taking place under the banner of minorities.” He said he had tried to present a bill in the parliament last year seeking ban on the sale of alcohol in the name of minorities”, he added. While commenting on the court’s orders about the sale of alcohol beverages to minorities on their festivals only, prominent Hindu lawmaker urged that it should be completely banned throughout the year. He expressed his willingness to appear before the Sindh High Court for presenting the viewpoint on behalf of Pakistani Hindu community. He also expressed sorrow over the loss of dozens of lives every year due to drinking of tainted liquor on the occasions of holy festivals.