KARACHI – PPP MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, during the question-hour session in Sindh Assembly on Wednesday, suggested shutting down all the liquor shops in the province and said an unrestricted sale of alcohol be allowed like any other cold drink.

The unnecessary and unwanted debate was triggered by Khokhar when he spoke during the question-hour as Excise and Taxation Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla was answering a question relating to liquor trade. Khokhar instead of asking any supplementary question proposed easy availability of alcohol like Pepsi or Coke and called for closing the ‘wine shops’, officially allotted to the minority community, not realising that he was speaking on a sensitive issue in a country where the majority community is not allowed to consume liquor by the religion.

The minister in his reply advised his colleague to shut down his own licenced shop first. These remarks angered Khokhar and accused Chawla of being personal.

At this point, Speaker Nisar Khuhro intervened and told Khokhar that he had not asked a supplementary question and made a suggestion and that he should have the courage to listen to the reply.

Another PPP legislator Anwar Khar Mehar clarified that even the various minorities’ faiths did not allow liquor use.