R. Y. Khan / Sargodha: 2 arrested for eating in public, 3 fined for serving food
RAHIM YAR KHAN/SARGODHA: Two men were arrested in Sargodha on Thursday on charges of eating in public places. Cases were registered against three men for serving food at their restaurants.
Tehsildar Malik Saleem Awan arrested Usman and Abdul Shakoor for eating in public during raids on restaurants in Sillanwali. Mohsin Waqas, the restaurant owner, was fined Rs3,000 for serving food during fasting hours.
Cases were also registered against Tariq Mehmood and Muhammad Naeem after Sillanwali police found the two serving food at their roadside stalls.
Sargodha DCO Azam Mahmood on Thursday issued directives for district administration to ensure implementation of the Ihtaram Ramazan Ordinance of 1981.
The ordinance prohibits eating and smoking at public places. Restaurants are not allowed to serve food after sehar and before iftar.
Cafeterias and restaurants in hospitals, railway stations and bus stands are exempt under the ordinance. Violation of the ordinance can be punished with a fine and a maximum of three-month prison term. Under the ordinance, theatres and cinemas can open for three hours a day after the iftar.