Liquor permits! A piece of paper that has ruined the identity of Pakistani Christians. Drinking alcohol is prohibited in Islamic republic of Pakistan. However, religious minorities are allowed to consume it. To do so they must have a permit to purchase liquor for themselves.
Why it was felt necessary to give privilege of alcohol consumption to religious minorities. To better understand this let’s have a look on history. In April 1977, the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto imposed ban on sale of alcohol in Pakistan.
Two years later, some ministers in Zia’s cabinet came up with a view that though nightclubs and bars had been closed down, alcoholic beverages were still being openly served at social clubs. They stressed that the April 1977 order had loopholes. Thus, on February 9, 1979, the Zia regime issued an ordinance called the “Prohibition (Enforcement of Hudd) Order”.
Drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited in Christianity. Those who try to link it with religion have their own ulterior motives behind it. It is a high time that Christians indulged in this grubby business should disassociate themselves from this affair and help the community in shredding off this disgrace.