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Bakhtawar slams bill forbidding public eating during Ramzan

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari today lambasted a bill prohibiting eating and drinking in public during the month of Ramzan, terming it a "ridiculous law" which is against Islam.

Bakhtawar, 27, took to twitter to express her outrage at the Ehteram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which also seeks to punish hotel owners violating the with fines from Rupees 500 to 25,000.


"People are going to die from heat stroke and dehydration with this ridiculous Not everyone is able. This is not Islam," Bakhtawar wrote in a tweet.

Senate Standing committee on Religious Affairs unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday, 'Dawn' reported.

The oldest daughter of Benazir said that the "law" was outrageous as it failed to consider that not everyone will be fasting in the month of Ramazan.

"Not everyone in will be fasting - Children in school, the elderly, people with medical issues - Should we arrest them for drinking water?" she tweeted.

Under the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance 1981, it is illegal for Muslims to eat or drink in public during daylight hours in Ramazan, though the heatstroke crisis prompted some clerics to advise people they should stop fasting if their health is at risk.

After receiving mixed reviews from users on the social media, Bakhtawar elaborated on her initial tweet, saying "We are more than capable of resisting temptation and keeping our fasts.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, May 13 2017. 22:22 IST
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