A team of Afghan intelligence agents poured around 3,000 litres of liquor into a canal in Kabul, the country’s spy agency said on Sunday, as the new Taliban authorities crack down on the sale of alcohol.
Video footage released by the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) showed its agents pouring alcohol stored in barrels into the canal after seizing it during a raid in the capital.
“Muslims have to seriously abstain from making and delivering alcohol,” said a religious scholar in the video posted by the agency on Twitter on Sunday.
Could have sold them to the infidels, not so intelligence. – “A team of Afghan intelligence agents poured about 3,000 litres of liquor into a canal in Kabul, the country’s spy agency has said.” https://t.co/bMkdEd6HRX
— Erich Parpart (@erich_parpart) January 3, 2022
It was not clear when the raid was carried out or exactly when the alcohol was destroyed, but a statement issued by the agency said three dealers were arrested during the operation.
Selling and consuming alcohol was banned even under the previous Western-backed regime, but the Taliban, known for their austere brand of Islam, are stricter in their opposition to it.
Since the Taliban seized power on August 15, the frequency of raids, including on drug addicts, has increased across the country.
The Taliban government’s Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has also issued several guidelines restricting women’s rights.
Adnan Siddiqui slammed for throwing liquor bottles in viral video
Pakistani netizens are slamming Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui for faking throwing the seized liquor bottles with the authorities.
The video shows the actor throwing liquor along with security officials to discourage the consumption of liquor in society. A score of netizens claims that Adnan Siddiqui is faking throwing the bottles of liquor because he consumes it. Siddiqui, however, has not responded to the backlash yet.
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Others asked why Adnan Siddiqui was invited for this purpose. They questioned his authority and expertise to take part in the activity.
Others said that instead of throwing smuggles liquor bottles the government should sell these bottles to those who are allowed to utilize them and earn money. Others said that instead of throwing the bottles and crushing them the government should come up with other ways to dispose of the bottles.
Smuggling and illegal business of liquor are quite rampant in Pakistan. Authorities are making efforts to reduce the business of liquor in Pakistan.
GVS News Desk with additional input from AFP