ISLAMABAD: In yet another incident of flouting the law by influential and officials, senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani was recently seen smoking a cigar at a public space, during a meeting of the Senate’s standing committee.
Thus, the former Senate chairman violated the law by smoking in public space, that too with high-level officials. The observation was made at the meeting of the Senate body on Rules, Procedures and Privileges.
Interestingly, Rabani, did so without realising that the Parliament, where he is a sitting Senator and had steered the Upper House in the capacity of Chairman, had chosen to enforce the law for protection of health of non-smokers.
What’s more strange is this blatant violation of the law was defended by the chairman
The Section 5 of the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Ordinance 2002 specifically prohibits smoking and other tobacco use in public places.
The Section 11 of the Ordinance imposes a fine extending to Rs1,000 in the case of a first time offender.