Islamabad police held dozens in raid on dance party   

Published: July 3, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Police have arrested at least 50 men and women who were participating in a dance party at a hotel in Sector G-5 on Sunday. Officials said that the raid had been conducted on the orders of Assistant Commissioner Captain Retired Shoaib Ali in the early hours of Sunday.

Officials said that a large number of men and women were found dancing and playing music on loudspeakers while smoking. Police rounded up at least 34 men and 16 women from the hotel and booked them for ‘obscene acts and songs’, and for violating the amplifier and the tobacco control laws.

Cops shut down dance party in Lahore after cleric’s threat

However, a magistrate released all the suspects on bail a few hours later. The hotel’s owner and manager have also been booked for abetment. The hotel, which the police raided, is built on a spot reserved for the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Earlier in May this year, a dance party in Lahore was brought to a grinding halt on the call of a religious cleric over the weekend. Sunni Tehrik Lahore President Maulana Mujahid Abdul Rasool threatened police to either stop a party at Sozo Water Park immediately or face the music. Subsequently, the police and district administration ordered organisers to pack up and leave the venue right away, despite the fact that organisers had obtained the approval of the deputy commissioner.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2017.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Rafi Malik
    Jul 3, 2017 - 10:47AM

    In order to establish a balanced society, police must stop such parties as well as gatherings by clerics promoting religious/sectarian violence. It shouldn’t be only directed upon single element of society.Recommend

  • Sara
    Jul 3, 2017 - 10:52AM

    Lol and we keep asking why no foreigners go to Pakistan for visiting. Mountains aren’t the only thing tourists want. Recommend

  • Atif
    Jul 3, 2017 - 11:08AM

    G-5? I don’t know of any private residences in G-5. What place was this by the way? Must be someone high in the ranks.Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Jul 3, 2017 - 2:57PM

    is dancing a crime?Recommend

  • Rehan
    Jul 4, 2017 - 7:26AM

    great, the biggest problem Pakistan is facing is addressedRecommend

  • Humza
    Jul 4, 2017 - 8:06AM

    @Rafi Malik: If a group of people are having a private party which is not out in the public, what difference should it make to you or anyone else? Are they not bigger issues in Pakistan? Wonder why no one wants to visit a Muslim country these days as tourists? We are talking about a private party indoors which is not open to the general public. Take a look at how Turkey is suffering now that it has clamped down on liberal behavior in clubs and private venues.Recommend

  • CharlieChapatti
    Jul 6, 2017 - 2:09AM

    So the Sunni Maulvi threatened to stop the party or face the music?

    Was he at a dance off?Recommend

  • fawad
    Jul 28, 2017 - 1:34PM

    Good move… Pakistan must remain Pakistan. we can live in poverty it’s OK but we cannot live with so called liberal people who don’t respect relations, who would never allow others to dance with his daughter or sister. if someone needs such a countries they have the option to quit ours…Recommend

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