Pakistan Govt lifts ban to export alcohol

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce has decided to lift ban on the export of alcohol and spirits and allowed companies to export liquor through non-Muslim enterprises to Non-Muslim countries.

According to media reports the Economic Committee on Trade has lifted the ban on exporting of alcoholic drinks. A notification in this regard has also been issued by the ministry, the reports said.

Alcohol exports were banned by Pakistan in 1977 by the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in a move to favor Islamist groups.

Under Pakistani law, drinking alcohol is illegal for Muslims – who make up 97 per cent of the country’s population and drinkers can face 80 lashes of the whip under holy law however no one has been lashed for drinking since the 1980s.

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