Shisha banned in Sindh for two months

Published: March 26, 2012

Sindh home minister issues notification banning the use of Shisha (hookah).

KARACHI: The Sindh government has banned Shisha (hookah or water pipe) for two months in the province, according to a notification issued by the Home Department on Monday.

The ban came following a resolution which was adopted by the Sindh Assembly in May last year.

The lawmakers of the assembly were of the view that Shisha was the worst form of intoxication and youngsters, mostly living in posh areas, were using it at cafes and restaurants.

Even after the passage of the resolution, no action was taken against the people running the business.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • SAJ
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:13PM

    So finally they came to know the side effects of this body disaster

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  • N K
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Only for two months???????????????

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  • juma khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Good efforts,

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Not fair. why just sheesha??? y not hookah cigarettes??

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  • Parvez
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Shisha banned….. now will liquor be allowed ??

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  • Asad A.
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Shame! Why don’t the good legislators ban the use of 20-men protocols? It is OUR tax money they use for show of strength! Why don’t they enforce ban on gutka? Why don’t they hang men that throw acid on women? Why not ban rickshaws due to pollution? Why not place cops on traffic lights to minimize mugging? Why not arrest human & animal traffickers? Why not seal borders? Recommend

  • R.Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Excellent decision!

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  • Citizen
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Finally a sensible move . It should be banned all over Pakistan due to its immense hazards. However I doubt it will be implemented.

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  • Bunty
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Hahahahahahahahaha NO! -_-

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  • Saad
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Instead of banning it, why doesnt the government try to educate people about its dangers so there might be a little chance of them to stop using it? What is it with our government and banning stuff, banning is just going to make the whole situation much worse!Recommend

  • Agent Ali Imran
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:21PM

    What about the street crimes ……….whole province is suffering.

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  • T
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:23PM

    SERIOUSLY!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:29PM

    The Provincial Government cannot eradicate the menace of banning drugs how come it will get a positive response after banning Shisha and that too only for two months.

    Earlier the Provincial Interior Minister banned Gutka but still it is available in the open market every where and the Gutka sellers are selling it under the protection of Police.

    The orders passed for banning Shisha is that Police is going to earn more money from the Shisha sellers and providers.

    I don’t understand as why such orders are passed when it has no affect on it?

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  • Peer Sain
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Stupidity has no limits. Do important things man. Give us safety and law and order. Catch thieves man thieves and armed dacoits. Catch people running around with pistols on mobikes and terrorising people. What is this childish things you are indulging in. Stop it but it is not on priority. Life and property is on priority. Protect it in cities and outskirts. I can’t even go to Kirthar Park, God knows what will happen. Can’t go to Baluchistan, God knows what will happen. Make our areas livable. That is more important.

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  • Proud Pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Once again a poor effort by the government to diffuse attention away from core issues and come up with lame bans to target small businesses. It is foolish to expect this ban to last. If the real reason was its harmful qualities, then by all means please ban cigarettes too. There is a disadvantage of having a dumb establishment. :/

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  • MAD
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:16PM

    whats the use of a two month ban?

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  • anonymous
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:25PM

    the only thing that can make this country bearable is legalisation of alcohol, sheesha, clubs, drugs such as hashish and cocaine and international prostitution that can all be taxed and made part of the white economy to help the government grow revenues and help the people stay calm, becomes less frustrated and happy.

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  • Zohaib baloch
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:30PM

    It’s a decision taken in a country where people are already dieing of unemployment and it’s a new gift from governament to shut the businesses and make 1000 of workers unemployed …if you governament is so much concern about these issues so why don’t they ban cigrets and wine shops ..

    These places are open and clean for entertainment where people go and relax .. If they close these places then people divert to other drugs … It will not stop the Shisha smokers intact this decision take them to another level of hidden drugs .

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  • Falcon
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:32PM

    It is interesting to note that law makers all over Pakistan keep passing one or other ban against Shisha, concerts, or questionable web browsing; all of this is in one or other form targeted at youngsters only while youngsters make up more than 60% of the population…and on the other hand, most of the people involved in violence are also youngsters…is that just a co-incidence? or outcome of stupid policy decision making in the upper echelons of political leadership

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 6:47PM

    (Facepalm)

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  • Syed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:54PM

    People are already frustrated by 15+ hours of load shedding. Bans like this will make people come to the streets.

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  • The Truth
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    age restrictions and tax it! Same with alcohol! When we have enough money to pay for our infrastructure then we can sit and discuss the finer points of legislating morality.

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  • Tilsim
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Ban joy whilst you are at it and ban the individual’s right to make his own decisions. How ridiculous.

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  • JustAnotherPakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Occasionally there’s good news from the homeland.

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  • SJ
    Mar 26, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Another way for law enforcement to earn commissions :)

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  • Ali S
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:25PM

    There’s separatist movement in Baluchistan, unrest in K-P, floods in Sindh, and our internet is restricted, there’s a ban on shisha, and a ban on musical concerts was to be passed in Punjab. Really, what is this so-called “progressive, secular, democratic” government good for? Only diverting attention towards non-issues? The only thing “progressive” happening in this country right now is that it’s getting progressively more hopeless every day.

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  • Awais Ch
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Ban Ban Ban, I think Ban is not the solution of any problem,

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  • H
    Mar 26, 2012 - 10:50PM

    What a bunch of losers these policy makers are.

    In a place like Pakistan, where people dont have food to eat, shelter, safety of person and property, where parts of the country are threatening to separate the legislative assembly is debating the use of Shisha by teenagers in Posh neighborhood!!

    Tells you a whole lot about how much they care about their constituents.

    If any policy maker reads this comment, YOU BETTER BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!

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  • nara dada
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:53PM

    “An idle mind is the Devils workshop.” Its better to smoke Shisha with friends in a cafe thn sitting idle.

    Its the cheapest tafree as in time pass thing that youngsters can do…

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  • Dopeharee
    Mar 27, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Smoking should be banned which is far more dangerous.

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  • Nizamani
    Mar 27, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Sheesha might not be a greater evil, but at-least government is doing something right. But unless we get everything else fixed load shedding, terrorism, drug trafficking, etc etc(which probably won’t happen for a long time),the government, damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t.

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  • enlighten moderate
    Mar 27, 2012 - 12:58AM

    please ban mobile snatching and acid throwing too?

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  • Mar 27, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Shisha is Awesome.

    Haters are going to hate.

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  • IZ
    Mar 27, 2012 - 9:46AM

    Why is it banned for 2 months? Will it become healthier after 2 months?

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  • Mar 27, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Appluase! Despite I’m regular smoker of Sheesha but I second the decision. It has been ruining teenagers who take twice or even thrice a week.

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  • hassan
    Mar 27, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Safety in our city, minimal. Corruption and height of being stupid and pointless, MAXIMUM! If they want to ban shisha why not ban liquor and other types of intoxications people go for? This will only work for a week or so in my opinion. Everyone can be bribed these days.

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  • Raza
    Mar 27, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Its good that Shisha has been banned; its another form of slow poison. Having said that, its not the only problem; so more steps need to be taken. And of course, these steps need to be implemented.

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  • Moiz Ahmed
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:51PM

    I just had it :p

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  • salman habib
    Mar 31, 2012 - 7:51PM

    most stupid ban since nawaz banned junoon over lyrical contents of their songs. On a second thought it may not be stupid at all. Im sure the cigarette companies are paying the lawmakers good moolah over this ban. According to an estimate cigarettes sales in the urban cities were going down like anything hence the whole pta backed over the top sheesha is much dangerous than cigarettes campaign and subsequently this ban. Get ready the youth is about to turn to cigarettes, and what not to spare their time.

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  • danish hafeez
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:22AM

    banded only in north gulshan johar and mohammad ali
    not in DHA or Clifton q k wanha kisi ka baas nahi chalta na

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