Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the local administration to shut down all sheesha cafes in the federal city with immediate action and submit a progress report to the court as well.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) along with the Islamabad administration and police have mobilised their resources to initiate the crackdown on all sheesha cafes operating in Islamabad.

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The complete ban on sheesha was announced across the country led by the Supreme Court previously in 2015 but in the following year, the bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed of the Supreme Court expressed displeasure over the sale and import of sheesha and tobacco smoking items despite the ban from the apex court.

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This time the court emphasised that action must be louder than words.

The court also asked the advocate generals from the provincial governments about the implementation of previous orders regarding the ban on sheesha smoking in public spaces.