Govt orders closure of all wine stores in Gwadar


QUETTA – The Directorate General Excise, Taxation and Anti-Narcotics in Balochistan has ordered the closure of all wine stores in Gwadar, a port city on the southwestern coast of the province and major part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Balochistan Minister for Planning and Development Zahoor Ahmed Buledi shared a notification issued by the directorate’s South Zone today (Friday).

“The undersigned is pleased to close all wine stores in Gwadar with immediate effect till further orders due to the prevailing law & order situations in Gwadar,” read the notification.

Buledi said that the development comes after negotiations with Maulana Hidayat-ur-Rehman Baloch, the secretary general of Jamaat-i-Islami’s Balochistan chapter.

Baloch is also leading the “Gwadar Ko Haq Do” movement

Thousands of people staged a sit-in in the port city on Tuesday after the ending of the deadline given for acceptance of demands presented by leaders of the “Gwadar Ko Haq Do” movement for rights of people in the port city.

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