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Pakistan: PHC lifts ban on cattle, poultry supply to Afghanistan

Christian Fernsby |
The Peshawar High Court on Thursday recalled its stay order against the transportation of the cattle and poultry to Afghanistan and allowed their export.

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A bench consisting of Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Syed Arshad Ali took exception to the reports about milk adulteration, especially the mixing of formalin (formaldehyde) chemical into it, and ordered the livestock department and district administrations to ‘permanently seal’ all shops involved in the ‘heinous’ act.

It directed the federal government to consult the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa livestock department for the improvement of the cattle export policy.

The court was hearing two petitions filed by residents Hafeezur Rehman and Malik Sheharyar about high prices of dairy products, adulteration of milk and other issues.

The food secretary informed the bench that after consulting the poultry association, the department had decided poultry rates keeping in view of the chick price and if the rates went beyond that limit, then chick export would be banned.

The bench accepted their plea and decided to recall the stay order it issued against the transportation of cattle and poultry to Afghanistan.

It, however, directed the government’s representatives to monitor their prices to check any arbitrary increase.

The bench pointed out that there were reports about an increase in milk adulteration, especially by the mixing of formalin into it. It wondered what action had been taken against the culpable people.

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