Caffees Association v. Province of Punjab (WP No. 15813-2012)

As part of a crackdown on cafés and restaurants that offer “shisha” (water pipe smoking), local enforcement agents visited a number of cafés to enforce the law. In this case, the owners of various cafés alleged that the government violated their fundamental rights by prohibiting the sale of shisha, arresting and detaining some employees, and confiscating the product. The court dismissed the claim based on an earlier ruling in Baig v. Province of Punjab, in which the court ordered the café to prove that it was operating in compliance with the 2002 Non-Smokers Health Ordinance – by not serving shisha -- before resuming business.