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Alcohol: Confession of a Pakistani Diplomat
When it comes to Alcohol, our Deen (Islam) declared it impermissible 1400 years ago. Alcohol was banned in Pakistan in 1977 (by law). But, new year is coming and let me tell you that serving and drinking Alcohol will go in Pakistan. We are claiming to become “Riyasat-e-Madina (state of Madina)” so lets hope that Alcohol is eradicated.
As a career diplomat, it was drilled into us that diplomacy cannot occur without “Alcohol” by our Seniors. Let me make a confession that I have never drank Alcohol but I have served it and it gets served in Pakistani embassies.
It was 1992 that I was appointed in Yemen and had a party at my house. Alcohol was served and our Arab and Pakistani friends were drinking. At the end, the situation became so Shaytaani (devislish) that it had a marked impact on me. Until Yemen, I was content to server (but not drink) but the incident led me to think and research about the permissibility of serving (Alcohol) and I realised that when Islam calls “Alcohol” a devilish act then it is NOT sufficient for me to not drink, I must also not serve.
So I quite even serving Alcohol after the Yemen incident because whether you DO it or get it DONE, it’s both Haram.
I was then posted to Geneva and it was well known that Alcohol is not served in “Abdul-Basit’s” parties BUT I substituted Alcohol with food. The food served at all my parties was so lavish that my parties became the talk of the town.
The diplomatic corps (of the world) knew that there will be no “Alcohol” in my parties but they still came. The abundance and taste of Pakistani food was sufficient to pull the people to my parties.
Then I was posted in London and I also did not serve Alcohol at my parties.
Then I was promoted to an Ambassador and posted to Germany and I did not serve “Alcohol”.
Then at the important postage in India, I did not serve “Alcohol”.
Diplomacy worked without Alcohol.
I have said at the beginning that our (Pakistani) embassies do not serve Alcohol EXCEPT London where right in the embassy Alcohol was served when Dr Maliha Lodhi was in charge so it can happen.
Listeners, let me tell you that nobody had a problem with me not serving Alcohol EXCEPT the “OUR Liberals” who have a problem with absence of Alcohol.