Peshawar High Court lifts ban on export of chicken, meat

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The two-member bench comprising of Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Qaiser Rashid and Justice Syed Arshad Ali lift prohibition from export of chickens and meat and directed Livestock department close permanently milk shops using praline chemicals in milk, on Thursday.
Secretary Food, Director General Livestock, Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkha Shumail Butt, AAG Syed Sikandar Shah and lawyers for petitioner Babar Khan Yousafzai, Jawad Ali Qazi Advocate and Ijaz Sabi Advocate appeared before court in case regarding price hike in meat and chickens.
The PHC had been told that court had imposed ban on export of meat and chicken to Afghanistan in June in wake Eid-ul-Azha which is still continue.
Secretary Food informed PHC that rates had fixed after consultation with poultry association if the upper limit exceeds then ban on export shall be imposed. He added that when price of one day chickens exceeds Rs,70 per chick then ban can be imposing on export.
During hearing Jawad Ali Qazi Advocate informed that Pakistan is producing 120 million chickens per month and 10 million are exporting to Afghanistan which generates millions of dollar benefit for country if Afghan market will captured by other party then it will cause loss for national revenue.
While Babar Khan Yousafzai Advocate requested court that allow export of chicks to Afghanistan for securing poultry association from further loss. He added that ban on export of chicks had caused huge loss to poultry industry.
Moreover, Ijaz Sabi Advocate informed that export is continued from whole country while ban is imposed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
During hearing Chief Justice flayed use of praline chemicals in milk and inquired that what action had been taken against the culprits?
The representative of livestock informed PHC that the department had took action in this regard sealed shops involved in the practice.
Chief Justice remarked that confiscation of milk shall not resolve the issue but take stern action and close their shops permanently by giving exemplary punishment.
Chief Justice PHC also directed to federation to involve provincial livestock departments in policy making regarding export of livestock and adjourned further hearing.