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Usman Javed Siddiqui v. Model Town Society (WP No. 12537-2012)

A landlord attempted to stop a café from offering “shisha” (water pipe smoking) and, when the café did not stop, disconnected the café’s utilities. The owner of the cafe sued the landlord (a model town housing society) for interfering with his business by disconnecting his electricity and water. The court dismissed the claim based on its earlier ruling (in Society of Alternative Media and Research v. Punjab) that the 2002 Non-Smokers Health Ordinance should be enforced against the use of shisha in public places. The court ordered the housing association to restore the utility connections to the cafe once the cafe submitted an assurance to the court that it will no longer offer shisha.