A Chinese liquor company has got a license to manufacture liquor in the country. The Chinese company will reportedly be establishing a manufacturing plant in Pakistan. This is the very first time that an international brand seeks permission to manufacture liquor in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Hui Coastal Brewery and Distillery Limited got the license to manufacture liquor. A report by Geo New confirmed the news citing sources.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered the Chinese company on April 30, 2020. Moreover, it has a Hub, Balochistan address.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan excise, taxation, and anti-narcotics department issued the license. The company is a joint venture with Balochistan at the Lasbela Industrial Estate Development Authority.
Meanwhile, from manufacturing to packaging, the entire process will be carried out at its plant in Lasbela.
Hui Coastal Brewery is famous for producing some of the world’s most famous brands. It plans to introduce two famous brands in Pakistan for export.
Meanwhile, Murree Brewery is the home of Pakistan’s national lager. Here old copper boilers produce strong fumes. Moreover, they make some 10 million liters of beer each year. It stores hundreds of tons of gin and whisky in climate-conditioned cellars, said an AFP report.
What did the Officials say?
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, has said that the production of alcohol should be impermissible in any Islamic country.
While speaking at a talk show, the State Minister unequivocally condemned and opposed the authorities’ decision to grant a manufacturing license to an international liquor manufacturer.
He also clarified that the federal cabinet never grant the license to the alcohol manufacturer as the matter was never tabled during any of its meetings.
Islam and Alcohol
Linguistically, khamr-Arabic for “wine”, is alcohol derived from grapes. This is what is prohibited by specific texts of the Quran (see 5:90). Therefore alcohol is categorically unlawful (haraam) and considered impure (najis). Consuming any amount is unlawful, even if it doesn’t create any drunken effects.
“O you who believe; indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.” [The Qur’an:al-Maa’idah 5:90]
Selling and manufacturing Alcohol is Haram and a major sin to commit. The government of Pakistan should give this decision a thought.
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