The Punjab Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control department has taken the decision of extending liquor licenses in the province.
Presently, twelve hotels throughout the province have the official authority of selling liquor. These hotels include 2 of Rawalpindi, 1 in Murree, 4 hotels in Lahore, and 1 each in Multan and Faisalabad, respectively.
A number of establishments and hotels have also applied in Multan, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Gujranwala and Bahawalpur for the new liquor licenses.
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The department produces large profits on a monthly basis from the liquor business, while the ultimate decision to issue licenses would be taken by the government of Punjab at the end of the present financial year.
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