Pakistani court closes licensed liquor shops for non-Muslims

By REUTERS
October 27, 2016 16:02

KARACHI - A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the closure of all liquor shops in the southern province of Sindh, officials said, cutting off one of the few legal alcohol sources in the Muslim-majority country.

Although Pakistani Muslims are banned from drinking alcohol, the country's minorities, mainly Hindus and Christians, face no such prohibition. However, critics argue that the licensed liquor shops also sell to Muslims.

It is not clear how the minorities will now buy liquor in the province, home to the teeming financial capital Karachi, with some 20 million people.


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