As per the new decisions of the present Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, the ones found breaking the eating restrictions during Ramzan would be charged with an increased amount of fine. The government has increased the fine amount by a huge percentage.
The government has also taken the decision that cinemas would not be allowed to open during the fasting hours in the month of Ramzan.
While talking to a local newspaper a senior government official informed that the Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Division had earlier submitted a summary to the cabinet division on the 16th of January 2018 relating increase in the rate of fines by hundred percent against the ones who eat in open public spaces during the fasting hours in the holy month of Ramzan.
The cabinet, during its meeting on the 16th of January 2018, was told that the Ehtram-e-Ramzan Ordinance 1981 forbids the eating and serving of food items in public or different food outlets, along with imposing other rules for practising the sanctity of the holy month of Ramzan.
A private bill called Ehtram-e-Ramzan Amendment Bill 2017 was presented by the Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan and the Standing Committee on the Religious Affairs had suggested the same but with fewer changes, the cabinet was informed.
The bill was targeted at increasing the fine levels from rupees five hundred amount to rupees five thousand for individuals, whereas for the restaurants and other eating outlets/eateries it was elevated from a number of rupees five hundred to rupees twenty-five thousand and for the cinemas and TV channels the fine was increased from rupees twenty-five thousand to rupees five lacs.
Additionally, as per the new bill the cinemas are needed to remain closed in the month of Ramzan during the fasting hours along with the time period already defined in the ordinance.
The cabinet was petitioned for the approval of the amendment bill and so it did.
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