Private parties raged till dawn in the posh sectors and suburban farmhouses of the federal capital on New Year’s Eve, making the police force’s claims of arresting 25 people for drunken revelry and possession of liquor seem like a drop in the ocean.
According to sources, at least 117 small and large events were held in different parts of the city to welcome 2014.
These included advertised parties at five-star hotels as well as farmhouses and in residential areas by event management companies, along with smaller private events.
The parties largely went unchecked by the Islamabad Police despite the reported use of alcohol and narcotics at these parties, sources said.
However, a police spokesperson said that the authorities arrested at least 25 people from different locations of the city for revelry and sale or possession of liquor. Police raided a house in sector F-8/3 and arrested eighteen people including three women. The police also seized 322 wine and beer bottles during the raid.
In another raid, the police arrested two people from a restaurant at F-6/4 for allegedly selling wine. The arrested suspects included the restaurant’s manager. The police said they recovered 74 wine bottles from the venue.
Five more people were arrested during police checking at two separate locations and 14 wine bottles confiscated from their persons.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 2nd, 2014.