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Tourism Minister bans alcohol in all State owned Hotels

The Pakistani government has decided to ban liquor for tourists in all state-owned hotels and guesthouses across the Asian Muslim country, drawing a mix of praise and criticism.

“As long as I am here liquor will not be allowed in any hotel or guesthouse owned by my ministry,” Tourism Minister Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman told IslamOnline.net.

“Pakistan is an Islamic republic and according to the 1973 constitution the sale and production of liquor is strictly prohibited in the country,” added the minister who took office only a week ago.

The sale and production of liquor is officially banned in Pakistan, where Muslims make up more than 95 percent of the 170-million population.

However, licenses are issued to certain hotels and wine shops to sell liquor to minorities, mostly Christians and Hindus.

“Liquor is not forbidden only in Islam, but in all other religions. Therefore, there should be no criticism of my decision,” said the minister, who belongs to Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI).

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Maulana Atta, Pakistan Tourism Minister

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