LAHORE: High-end restaurant Cafe Aylanto’s branch at MM Alam Road – Lahore, was sealed on Saturday after several premium bottles of liquor were found on their premises. The high-end café, owned by Humaira Sattar, has nowhere to be seen, neither official statement has been provided about arresting the owner either.
The café, which also operates in Karachi and Islamabad, was allegedly allowing customers to consume alcohol along with dinner.
According to Local media, reports state that operation was carried out at the orders of Lahore commissioner who had tasked AC Revenue Muddassar Nawaz to take action against the cafe if any illegal activity was taking place there. Undercover agents were sent to the restaurant, who allegedly purchased foreign liquor worth Rs12,000 and signaled two assistant commissioners (AC) who then stepped in and initiated legal action.
It also alleged that the action has been taken after the commissioner was refused a table by the restaurant a day ago, upon which he had threatened the eatery with dire consequences.
Later on, Model Town AC Zeeshan Ranjha carried out the raid along with Lahore Excise Department ETO Masood Bashir Waraich and Model Town SP Malik Imran. “Police arrested 13 people and filed a criminal case against the outlet’s administration,” SP Malik Imran said.
According to sources, numerous bottles of alcohol were recovered from the restaurant after which it has been charged with illegally serving alcohol. It is also alleged that they had confiscated hashish and meth as well; but, no evidence of the drugs was shown to the media nor it was seen in the pictures and videos recorded by the security officials
It is pertinent to mention here that in 2018, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the National Assembly (MNA) Dr Ramesh Kumar had said strict laws should be enforced to ban sale of alcohol in the country. He said that liquor consumption was prohibited in all religions, including Hinduism. The PTI lawmaker said that strict action should be taken against people involved in such businesses.
Talking to media persons outside Parliament House, Kumar said unfortunately a number of people had got the license for alcohol business in the name of Hindu religion, which was unacceptable.