Demand for paan increases as Sindh bans gutka.


KARACHI -- People in Karachi have found a replacement for their gutka addiction in paan. Many people have said that they are consuming more paan now since the government imposed a ban on gutka. Ever since gutka and mainpuri were banned, we have only been consuming paan or cigarettes, a person told reporter. As a result of the increasing demand, the price of paan has sky-rocketed surging from Rs15 to Rs17 and Rs20. The Sindh High Court ordered strict legal action against the sellers and buyers of gutka.

According to the bill, chewing of gutka can lead to imprisonment for six years and a fine of Rs500, 000 will be...

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