The Pakistani Alcoholics

The News: Ayaz Amir on drinking in Pakistan.

The amount of booze consumed in Pakistan — and I am talking of a land under the benign rigours of prohibition for the last 30 years — if put into statistics would astonish prophets of doom inclined to think that eternal darkness had descended upon the Islamic Republic. Indeed, the time may have come to openly confess that prohibition hasn’t been the unmitigated success it was meant to be. It hasn’t saved Pakistani souls –I suppose, the intended purpose of the exercise — but the fillip it has given to drinking could yet do serious damage to Pakistani livers. Many of those who drink these days (although surely not all) do so with a certain ferocity, in a style often close to desperation, as if uncertain of what the morrow might bring.


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