By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of cattle export to Afghanistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and directed the deputy commissioners of the relevant districts to check cattle smuggling.
A bench consisting of Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Ijaz Anwar observed that as Eid al-Adha would be celebrated next month, drastic steps were needed to stop cattle smuggling and export to prevent the shortage of sacrificial animals in the province.
It added that if the current practice of transporting the cattle to Afghanistan continued, there would be a shortage of sacrificial animals for the local people.
Last month, the high court had ordered the suspension of the transportation of poultry products to Afghanistan over the rising prices in the local market.
The court had ordered the deputy commissioners of the relevant districts to continue stopping the transportation of poultry products to Afghanistan until the normalization of their prices in the province.
The court was hearing a petition filed by resident Malik Sheharyar last year regarding dairy products, including adulteration in milk. From time to time, the court has been taking the notice of hike in prices and hoarding of essential commodities, including sugar, wheat flour, meat and chicken.
Pakistani Food secretary Khushal Khan told the bench on Thursday that after the high court took notice of the increases prices of poultry products and placed a ban on its transportation to Afghanistan, their prices came down to a great extent. He said before the court order, chicken was sold for Rs345 per kg but the price later declined to Rs186 per kg.