The Sindh High Court has directed the provincial IG Police and DG Excise Department to shut down all liquor shops in the province. This is an outstanding and remarkable decision taken by the apex court. There are several short and long term health effects of Alcoholism.

Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body but particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system. The social problems arising from alcoholism are serious. The risk of committing criminal offences, including abuse, domestic violence, rape, burglary and assault are all associated with alcohol abuse. Driving under the influence, operating an aircraft or heavy machinery increases the risk of accidents. The liquor law prohibits alcohol and its advertisement has been outlawed in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However, it remains widely available in urban Pakistan through bootleggers and through the diplomatic staff of some minor countries.

Sindh is the only province of Pakistan where the Hindu dcommunity lives under penalties in the areas of Tharparkar, Umerkot, Sangher and Badin districts. Approximately 160 liquor shops are operational across Sindh by issuing illegal licenses in the name of non-Muslims. Interestingly, some liquor shops are operating in Muslim-majority areas of Defense and Clifton in Karachi. It was necessary to curb the source of this evil from our society. The apex court has set an example to save the nation of Pakistan as a whole.

ENGR. MANSOOR AHMED,

Faisalabad, October 28.