PHC imposes ban on import of cattle

Written by The Frontier Post

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The two-member bench of Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Qaiser Rashid and Justice Ijaz Anwar has imposed ban on export of cattle to Afghanistan to control prices before Eid-ul-Azha and directed Deputy Commissioners to stop smuggling of animals, on Thursday.

During hearing Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that people face shortage of cattle due to upcoming Eid-ul-Azha and May people will deprive from performing slaughters and it is time to take precautionary measures that poor people also accomplish slaughtering of animal in Eid.

Secretary Food Khushal Khan informed PHC that on the directives court and imposition of ban on export of kitchen had dropped prices of kitchen.

On informing PHC by Secretary Food Chief Justice remarked that if court is doing everything then what are doing district administration and added that court had taken notice because poor people were unable during Ramazan to purchase a kitchen.

Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that now Eid-ul-Azha is coming and these people will export cattle and smuggling will rise prices of animals.

Meat Supplier’s representative Fayaz informed PHC that if concerned department is willing then they will provide meat on low price and for the purpose 8 outlets will be establish in Peshawar.

On the offer Chief Justice directed meat representative and secretary food along with other competent officials to hold meeting and discuss the issue in the break, court will resume hearing latterly.

Additional Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Commissioner Husbandry were also present during the hearing.

After resuming hearing Secretary Food informed PHC that their offer will create hurdles because they are exporters and main stake holders are growers whose role is important in the production.

Secretary Food further informed that they will establish four outlets but 18 outlaw will meet demands of Peshawar. So the meat supplier representative offered that they will establish eight outlets.

Subsequently, Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rashid remarked that they have no personal interest but only aim of court is to provide relief to public.

Chief Justice added that in recent days white collars are unable to afford kitchen so, what will be the situation of poor man and remarked that may people face shortage of cattle in upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

Poultry Association Pakistan representative that on directives of court the price of kitchen dropped Rs,160 per kg and demanded to lift ban on export of one day chicks.

On the informing of poultry association PHC directed to sit with secretary food and commissioner husbandry and provide a solution for the situation.

Commissioner Animal Husbandry informed PHC that eight million cattle shall be required for Eid-ul-Azha to meet demands of Pakistanis and ban is imposed since 2013.

Successively, Chief Justice remarked that one ban is imposed in books and the other one is practical and unfortunately you are talking about ban which exists in books and writings, it is the cause of price hiking. The two member bench added that after court’s order prices become lowers but district administration did not make full proof measure.

The two member bench comprising of Chief Justice PHC Justice Qaiser Rashid and Ijaz Anwar directed secretary food to submit report before court in this regard and adjourned further hearing till 29 June.

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