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The govt wants to legalize sheesha to collect more taxes

July 15, 2019

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The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination has suggested lifting the ban on sheesha in Pakistan.

Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq, who is head of the committee, said on SAMAA TV’s programme Naya Din that before the ban, only young adults smoked sheesha but now they bring sheesha home, which results in other family members indirectly smoking it.

People in developed countries are also smoking sheesha so why is Pakistan banning it, he asked. When it comes to implementing rules and regulations in Pakistan, sheesha cafés are still opened illegally in Karachi’s posh areas, he said. Even if we conduct a raid, they still manage to reopen the next day, he said. Because of this we have considered lifting the ban on sheesha bars, explained Senator Ateeq.

The committee has suggested legalizing sheesha centres once again and ensuring representation of the tobacco industry in the committee. He said that according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision, they want to shift Pakistan’s black economy towards documented economy. Because of this ban, we are unable to collect any taxes on sheesha, he said.

The All Pakistan Café and Restaurant Association also thinks that ban on sheesha should be removed as the government is unable to benefit from the sale of sheesha. Talha Iqbal, a representative of the association, said if a restaurant sells 50 sheeshas a day and a tax of Rs100 is imposed per sheesha, in a day it will add up to Rs5,000. In a month it will add up to Rs150,000 and in a year the government could earn more than a million rupees from this business, he said.

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    Kuka   July 15, 2019 2:27 pm/ Reply

    Reyast e Madina

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    Anon   July 29, 2019 9:53 am/ Reply

    ye overconfident bachay ko koi btaye Madina me bhe Sheesha ban nae hai. Apne ghar betho, internet tumharay liay nae hai bachay.

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    ahmad khan   July 29, 2019 5:13 pm/ Reply

    ban on sheesha should be remove in pakistan

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    Username taken   July 31, 2019 10:42 pm/ Reply

    For those saying Shisha is not haram, then you should know that shisha came after Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), but it is written in Qur’an that any intoxicant is haram to consume.

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    Shaikh Mehboob   August 3, 2019 7:24 pm/ Reply

    Shisha ban should remain in force. The reason Supreme Court banned it was because of the drugs what were being mixed into the shisha masala to keep crowds coming. When over 65% of youth in the country is getting addicted to this, control needs to be there. In other countries, it is not an epidemic. In Pakistan, because of the lack of other means of recreation, youth began doing shisha.

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