Musharraf`s aide served notice for carrying liquor

Pakistani actress Atiqa Odho has been served a show cause notice to appear before customs authorities within 30 days and clarify her position regarding two bottles of liquor.

Updated: Jun 11, 2011, 00:53 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani actress Atiqa Odho, a
close aide of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, has been
served a show cause notice to appear before customs
authorities within 30 days and clarify her position regarding
two bottles of liquor found in her luggage during a search at
the Rawalpindi airport.

The notice had been served at Odho`s home address,
customs spokesman Rana Shakeel told the media.

Police too have booked Odho on charges of possessing two
bottles of liquor.

They acted after the Supreme Court took suo motu notice
of an incident in which Odho was let off after being briefly
detained by authorities at the Benazir Bhutto International
Airport in Rawalpindi on June 4 for possession of liquor.

Reports said police had sought permission from the Home
Department of Punjab province to obtain arrest warrants for
Odho, who lives in Karachi.

Odho was Vice President of Musharraf`s All Pakistan
Muslim League but resigned from the party after the incident
was reported by the media.

The Airport Security Force found the liquor in her
baggage during a security check before she was to board a
flight to Karachi.

The All Pakistan Muslim League has said a three-member
committee is looking into the issue.

Though Odho tendered her resignation, her fate will be
decided after the committee`s findings, the party said.

The consumption of alcohol is banned in Muslim-majority
Pakistan but the country has a thriving bootlegging industry.

Alcohol is available at a premium in most Pakistani
cities.
PTI