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24 men paraded semi-naked for `violating sanctity of Ramzan`

Last Updated: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 21:29

Islamabad: About 24 men were paraded
"semi-naked" in a busy market by a Pakistani official after he
caught them violating a ban on eating in public places during
the holy month of Ramzan.

Deputy District Officer (Revenue) Khadim Husain Jilani
caught the men drinking tea during the time for the daily fast
when he conducted raids on small eateries at the railway
station and bus stand in Mianwali, a city in Punjab province.

Jilani paraded the men semi-naked in a busy bazar
yesterday before getting them booked for "violating the
sanctity of Ramzan," a media report said. Eyewitnesses said
Jilani ordered the men to remove their shirts.

Their hands were tied with their shirts and they were
parade through a bazaar before being taken to the police
station where they were booked.

Jilani conducted the raids along with the police after
the local administration was informed that many restaurants
were serving food during the day without seeking official

Under existing rules, eateries across Pakistan are barred
from serving food from dawn to dusk, the period for fasting
during Ramzan.

Authorities grants special permission to some eateries to
serve food and tea to patients in hospitals and health
facilities and travellers making long journeys.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 21:29

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