KP government bans transport of cattle to Afghanistan ahead of Eid Al-Adha

The Kala Mandi cattle market in Peshawar. (AN photo)
Updated 10 August 2018
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KP government bans transport of cattle to Afghanistan ahead of Eid Al-Adha

  • In a crackdown on the smuggling of cattle to Afghanistan, authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have dispatched teams to monitor less-frequented routes in the Shalman and Tirah areas
  • The provincial government ordered a ban on the transport of cattle and and food to Afghanistan, which has caused scarcity and price increases for local people

PESHAWAR: The provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched a crackdown on the illegal transport of cattle to Afghanistan, in an attempt to control the rising price of livestock in local markets in the run-up to Eid Al-Adha.
Teams have been sent to the Takhta Beg checkpoint in the Jamrud subdivision of the tribal district to prevent the smuggling of animals, said Syed Masoom Ali Shah, director of the KP Directorate of Livestock and Diary Development.
“The ban on cattle transportation is not new; it had been enforced by the federal government since September 2013,” he added. “But some people still managed to smuggle cattle to Afghanistan through less-frequented routes in the Tirah and Shalman valleys in KP tribal district.”
Dost Muhammad Khan, the chief Minister of KP, on Monday ordered a ban on export of cattle and foodstuffs to Afghanistan from KP, because it was causing shortages and price increases for people in the province, given the high demand during Eid Al-Adha.
The livestock directorate has also set up nine teams to regularly spray animals at cattle markets to prevent the spread of Congo virus.
“In Peshawar alone there are about seven cattle markets and our mobile teams regularly visit and spray the animals at all the markets,” said Shah.
Afghanistan exports sheep to Pakistan but KP supplies buffaloes and cows to Afghanistan, he added.
“For the sheep transported to Pakistan from Afghanistan, we have our experts who check the animals’ health and then allow their transportation into Pakistan,” he explained.
Arbab Saadullah Khan, the owner of Kala Mandi, a major cattle market in Peshawar, welcomed the government crackdown.
“It will definitely lower cattle prices in Peshawar and other parts of KP,” said Khan, a former member of the National Assembly. Most of the cattle in his market come from Multan, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and other locations in Punjab. “Most of the cattle markets in KP, including Peshawar, receive livestock from Punjab,” he added.
Niaz Muhammad, assistant commissioner of the Landikotal subdivision of Khyber tribal district, said that cattle smuggling had been curbed at the border with fencing.
“Border routes in Shalman and Tirah, through which the cattle used to be smuggled to Afghanistan, have been fenced,” he said. “In the wake of a recent directive by the KP chief minister, the surveillance of these routes has been further strengthened through the paramilitary FC (Frontier Corps) personnel deployed there now.”
Cattle that are seized are often sold at auction because smugglers are usually unable to afford the fines that are imposed, said Muhammad.
Behramand Khan, a spokesman for the KP chief minister, said that the provincial government has directed all divisional commissioners and tribal district deputy commissioners to closely monitor the borders with Afghanistan to prevent smuggling of cattle.
“The KP chief minister himself is monitoring the issue and has asked the deputy commissioners, particularly of those of the tribal districts bordering Afghanistan, to update him on daily basis,” he added.


Pakistani pride hits new levels on first Independence Day of ‘Naya Pakistan’

Updated 14 August 2018
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Pakistani pride hits new levels on first Independence Day of ‘Naya Pakistan’

  • Pakistan has seen an unprecedented level of patriotism in the weeks building up to Independence day
  • Pop-up stalls sell Pakistan-themed merchandise and citizens wave flags as they drive through city streets

ISLAMABAD: You know a big celebration is looming when Pakistan’s cities light up days before a national holiday — and the build-up to August 14th, 2018 has been no exception. In fact, the most anticipated holiday of this year has been met with fervor rarely seen before.
Buildings overlooking the motorway leading into Islamabad have been decked out in green, white and gold lights and the capital is also glittering. Alongside the decorated government and private buildings comes an unprecedented wave of patriotism that has swept the country since the elections a few weeks ago.
There has been a boom in vendors setting up pop-up stalls in Islamabad during the past few weeks selling merchandise to mark the 71st birthday of Pakistan.
T-shirts, mugs, horns, flags, kameezes, hats and even shoes are sold alongside the roads leading into residential areas, markaz, and even the M2 motorway.
It also has become quite common to see large flags being waved on the back of motorbikes, cars — at times with people hanging out of windows or through sunroofs — cars covered in flags on each side, as well as profusions of green, white and gold tinsel.
The patriotic fervor seems to have been triggered by the change in the country’s leadership and anticipation of what is to come when the upcoming prime minister, Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is sworn in and begins his laying his “Naya Pakistan,” the New Pakistan he promised during the election campaign.
Firework shows went off at midnight in major cities including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, and a number of small and large celebrations have been planned throughout the country to mark the day.
Social media was buzzing with Independence Day-related posts. Imran Khan, @ImranKhanPTI, posted:
14 Aug 2018: On this Independence Day I am filled with the greatest optimism. Despite our grave economic crises, due to corruption & cronyism, I know if we are united in our resolve, we will rise to the challenge & Pak will become the great nation envisaged by our Quaid and Iqbal.

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