ISLAMABAD: While city administration were issuing warnings to two uptown eateries of action for violating Ehitram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Bar canteen manager continued serving lunch to its clients, mostly lawyers. Shalimar Assistant Commissioner (AC) Lubna Said raided the Bar canteen and found lunch being served openly. “There were seven lawyers present in the canteen taking lunch, violating the Ramazan ordinance,” said the AC. She said the manager was asked to pay fine of Rs500 for violating the ordinance, which he refused. He was arrested and sent to jail for three days, in accordance with the ordinance. Restaurants across the city were asked to keep their facilities closed during the fasting hours at the beginning of the holy month and those found violating the law were warned. However, this was the first incident where an arrest was made.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.