Booze, On The House

Booze_On_The_House.jpgMessrs Sun Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse has procured a liquor license for the benefit of the diplomatic community, and foreign delegations and tourists visiting the federal capital of Pakistan

Thanks to a sitting woman minister of state and her Australia-based son, whose year-old struggle to sell foreign liquor in the federal capital territory has paid off.

Formerly lieutenant of Benazir Bhutto, the state minister, who became a turncoat in the post 2002 elections to secure a berth for her in the cabinet, has played a major role in getting the license for Messrs Sun Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse, located in F-11/4, Islamabad. The godown is situated in F-10, Islamabad.

There will be two outlets – one in F-11 and the other in F-10, sources disclosed. Malik Iqbal, resident of Lahore, and Gulfam Masih, resident of Bahawalpur, would be the frontmen as authorised agents as well as salesmen.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Muhammad Ali issued the branded liquor dealing with his own signatures as Excise Commissioner from the Excise and Taxation department Islamabad Capital Territory, declaring as, “License for the possession and sale of imported liquor registered under District No 1/06.

The licence authorising possession and sale of imported liquor in the premises specified below for the period for a specified period or till the stocks are exhausted which ever is earlier is granted to M/s Sun Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse Islamabad.

12 Comments so far

  1. Mohsin (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    Is this the start of more outlets or more authorizations are in pipe-line? I hope this will spread any more.

    Please advise how can I subscribe to write in ?

  2. ali riaz (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    im not sure about tourists… but diplomats have been around for more then five decades now, they have been fulfilling such needs from day one. Opening outlets for sale of Liquor!!!!! There is no justification for such an action in an Islamic State I believe…. Having said that…. it hardly matters what citizens of Pakistan believe… Right!!!

  3. 1967 (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    @Mohsin : You can click on the link “Suggest Story” on the upper right section of this blog. If the authors of ISB MB approve it, your writing can be published on the blog.

  4. JayJay (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    Quite an investigation, Backpacker. I did not get the “spirit” of the post though.

  5. 1967 (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    @JayJay : That’s for you to deduce. The idea here is not to draw any ultimate conclusion about a topic myself but to leave the readers’ with a question in mind. It’s like a ‘compare and contrast’ approach with room for discussion.

  6. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    “Thanks to a sitting woman minister of state and her Australia-based son, whose YEAR OLD STRUGGLE to sell foreign liquor in the federal capital territory has paid off.”

    If only the duo could have struggled for some thing that actually uplifted the country and its majority directly! Such a shame! In one way or the other, we actually never grew out of the british-slavery state of mind. Always eager to please every one but our own.

  7. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    Ohhhh … is it our own brand?

  8. Pak_Stallion (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 5:40 am

    Our own brands will face some competition now. It has been on sale for decades now, in houses in F-7 & F-8, you just go park the car and someone will come asking you what would you like, and u just pay, get your drinks n leave. They r trying to regulate it now so they can also have a fare share in this huge business. These are some of the “down” sides of turning into a devloped and more popular country.

  9. Usman (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    Hurray for booze!!!

  10. MH (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. I dont drink personally but I think its a good way to make revenue. Alcohol consumption has never stopped in Pakistan and its better if its legal atleast it will get taxed and the government will earn some money!

    Plus, thanks to the ban, there’s always been low quality poisonous drinks. Countless people have died because of that and most of them poor! Alcohol consumption maybe wrong but justifying someone’s death for drinking is wrong!

  11. Momekh (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    Bravo backpacker! for somehow managing to just report rather than opinionate.
    But the opinions that have followed your report are saddening, at best.

    We live in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Period.

    Drinking, selling, brokering of Booze is not allowed in the religion, so why it should be allowed in the only country in the world that was formed on that very religion? Does not make sense.

    I wonder where we go wrong with this; what ‘filters’ apart from the one Islam provides us can be used? Why don’t people, especially Muslims, see that? What am I missing for not seeing how that is missed? Sad.

  12. AJ (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    Please provide the detailed address for further analysis :)

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