The Ban on alcohol

The MNA who dared to voice an opinion that no one from the government or from civil society has ever dared to, that the ban on alcohol should be lifted and what a courageous person he must be to bring down the wrath of those who pretend to be offended. People say it is this hypocritical behavior which is damaging the image of country, as it is well known that many legislators imbibe from the up that cheers !!

What do you guys think should the “BAN” on alcohol be lifted or not ???

9 Comments so far

  1. Asad (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:45 am

    No.


  2. JayJay (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 5:11 am

    Just when you think that it can’t get any worse….

    “But wait, it gets worse: according to a news emailed to me by a reader in the United States, some Muslim hospital workers are refusing to clean their hands with anti-bacterial gel because it contains alcohol. Now hospitals all over the Muslim world have been using alcohol as a germicide for decades. And while there is a passing prohibition on the consumption of alcohol (but without any penalty for this sin prescribed in the scriptures), there is certainly no ban on cleaning your hands with the stuff.

    “If I were a patient in a hospital and my nurse refused to cleanse his or her hands properly, I would immediately bail out of there. But by claiming religious license for this unhygienic practice, these paramedics have put American hospital administrators in a very awkward position. If they sack these workers — as they certainly should — they face being accused of being insensitive to a minority’s religious sentiments. Frankly, if I risked an infection as a patient, somebody’s ‘religious sentiments’ would be very low on my priority list. However, in a litigious society like America, lawyers would be rubbing their hands in glee (if not with germicidal gel) at the prospect of a class action suit against hospitals that fire these nuts.”

    Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20072\26\story_26-2-2007_pg3_5


  3. JayJay (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 5:22 am

    The prohibition is stupid as it has not eliminated the use of alcohol from the society or has it? Those who have money they can still buy and consume alcohol. Those who do not want to indulge will never use alcohol no matter even if they are working in a brewery or a winery. Adults should be trusted to make their own choices.

    The prohibition declares that the government’s job to control the ‘sin’ when even cannot control the crime.

    Yes, the ban should be lifted forthwith to enable the government to generate valuable revenue and minimise deaths due to the use of adulterated home brews by regularising the business.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=43559


  4. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Pakistan had no such ban till Zia-ul-Haq who also promoted extreme Islam to fight Russians in Afghanistan. UAE, Saudi Arabia all import huge amount of alcoholic drinks. Turkey’s “Raki” is famous worldwide and promotes Turkey’s culture and soft image kinda like Japan’s Saki. All these cultures have their own ways of saying “cheers” too, it unites them.

    Secondly we are facing an epidemic of dangerous drugs especially among the youth. Like the use of heroin, pills etc. is growing everyday, to control that it is better to make moderate alcoholic beverages available for middle classes too. It is not only good but it is urgently needed to stop people becoming addicted to other addictions that are crippling the society.


  5. Khan (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    The BAN shall not be lifted. Many youngsters will drink it without knowing much what they are doing, just like smoking.
    its a bad thing, and shall be prohibited.


  6. 1967 (unregistered) on February 26th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    I think it’s one of the good things we have not yet lifted the ban on alcohol. We are still struggling with issues related to an apparantly innocous evil called smoking within our society. Even in the west, alcohol is not considered a thing to look up to. It’s a necessary evil that they have to live with. Thank god we don’t have to confront that evil with so many other serious issues at our hands already.

    The problem that jayjay is pointing to is understandable as well. If you just ban anything without educating people to its harmful effect, you always get a backdraft. That’s what’s gone wrong here. Uneducated muslims don’t realise that the “alcohol” used in hospital is not consumable. Trying to do that can actually kill you or render you blind. Unfortunately, what’s going wrong here is that masses are being denied access without proper education.

    Instead of banning alcohol, In my opinion, government should focus more on creating opportunities for healthy activities like sports, education, technology so that our youth is engaged in a more constructive dimension.


  7. Asma (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    While reading this blog, once first instinct would be of shock. To have the alcohol ban lifted in a muslim state might seem out of the question for some, but it makes me wonder. According to my inexpert opinion based on first hand observations only, it seems the ‘ban’ on alocohol so far has only been responsible for making sure any or all alocohol driniking is done under the table, so to speak. for this reason, any alcohol consumption and retail, for that matter, is going on without even a hint of restraint. Wouldn’t legalizing alcohol atleast ensure that minors are free from this vice and all retailers are alteast licensed and following the laws of the country? As it is, the way I see it, western societies allow alcohol consumption with some stipulations while ours does it without any rules whatsoever. This is why a 16 year old is as likely to obtain alcohol as a 21 year old. Makes me wonder…


  8. Paidagir (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    first of all
    @asma … kaun sii muslim state… hum ney kaun sey muslim laws nafiz kiye howay hain jo muslim state ka khitaab dey diya aap ney ….

    secondly … pooray middle east main alcohol aam milti hai … bus aap k paas lisence hoona chaaheye …

    aur kissi cheez ko “BAN” ker daina koi hal nahin hoota .. dekh loo “Da Vinci” Code “BAN” hoyee … smoking “BAN” hai .. phir pe public places pe chalti hai … aur tu aur .. ye “METAL WIRE” bhi “BAN” hai na ???


  9. Shoaib Ikram (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    plz not project drinking as something courageous act. i agree it is a democratic right of every person to do what he wants, but i think we need to view this issue in a broader spectrum. for that reason i want to quote an event that took place in London. a white, muslim converted woman was in the comapany of her children while travelling in the local train, and she was wearing a scraf. A bypasser said that u have sold out ur culture and ur sons will be the terrorist. the point i an willing to make clear that we must have a clear thought what best suits our culture and lifestyles in the short as well as in the long run. Drinking is taking place in this country under the wraps, people are having it, let them have it as they want it, but allowing the wholesale use of it would make us addictive. let me point out our nation is at the second spot in the world when it comes to watchhing sexual material…..we know how we stare at girls, we know computer usage is restricted to watching movies, and chatting, we r unedcated ones, we have not the ability to think out of the box



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