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Benazir Bhutto's Daughter Slams Law That Prescribes Jail for Not Fasting

Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, has sharply criticized the hypocrisy of her country allowing terrorists to roam free but jailing people for eating during Ramzan. "This is not Islam," tweeted, one of Bhutto's three children. Her brother Bilawal is chairman of the opposition Pakistan People's Party. She termed "ridiculous" the Ehtram-e-Ramadan Ordinance by which those "eating openly" during Ramzan will be given a three-month jail sentence. The 1981 Zia-ul- Haq-era ordinance was earlier this week made even more stringent with hiked monetary penalties. Earlier this week, Pakistan's senate amended that 1981 ordinance to attach a fine of Rs500 to the jail term for "smoking" and/or "eating openly" during the Islamic holy period. The senate also increased the fine for restaurants or hotels that flout this rule to Rs25,000 from Rs500. The amendment said that TV channels or theater houses that violate the law will be fined Rs500,000 or more.

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