rawalpindi - Despite the Supreme Court’s directions, a number of Sheesha bars are operating in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi with impunity.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) in November 2015 ordered countrywide crackdown on Sheesha cafes but unfortunately the district administrations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and police have shown their unwillingness to take action against the owners of the Sheesha bars.

According to a survey conducted by The Nation yesterday, a large numbers of illegal Sheehsha bars have been operating in the areas of police stations Murree, Rawat and Lohi Bher Islamabad.

The areas included Phase 4, 6 and 7 (Wilayet Complex) of a private housing society where tens of hundreds of young boys and girls smoke different flavours of tobacco in Sheesha Hukka. Interestingly, police and district administrations of the twin cities are reluctant to take action against the illegal Sheesha bars which have endangered the lives of youth, including the universities and colleges’ students. “Well I do not know what kind of health hazards I can suffer after smoking Sheesha flavour but for sure I cannot live without smoking Sheesha daily,” said a smoker in Phase 4 on condition of anonymity.

A senior police officer of Islamabad Police, when contacted, said that it was the joint responsibility of city district administration and police to launch crackdown on illegal Sheehsha centres since SCP had directed so. On condition of anonymity, the police officer said that police had raided many illegal Sheesha bars and sealed them but later on the owners got bails and started operating again the tobacco business.

The officer asked The Nation to provide him the list of Sheesha bars via SMS as he would right now conduct raids and would seal the bars. However, till filing of this report, no action was taken on part of the police high-up, who supervise the circle where illegal Sheesha bars are being run. No officer of Rawalpindi police was available for his comments on the issue.