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    Taliban ban sale of frozen chickens in Ghazni

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): The Taliban have banned frozen chicken sales in several parts of southern Ghazni province on the grounds that the method of slaughter is un-Islamic.

    Abdul Fatah, a vendor of frozen chickens, said that consumers no longer bought poultry products in some districts. "Shopkeepers and butchers who had been buying from us were told by the fighters to stop because the method of slaughter is un-Islamic."

    The frozen chickens are imported from the United States, Brazil, China and India. The Taliban say butchers in those countries do not follow Islamic slaughtering practices.

    The ban was imposed about 10 days ago in the Qarabagh district. Abdul Fatah said the market has since been bad for his chickens in Qarabagh as well as several other districts.

    Another seller said on condition of anonymity that around eight people bought frozen chickens from him but, after the Taliban warning, they began to buy live chickens to slaughter themselves. 

    "Two armed motorcyclists approached me at home on Tuesday evening and asked me to visit a village. When I got there, some other chicken sellers were also there," he said.

    He said the insurgents had told them in a local mosque that eating or making money from frozen chickens was forbidden. He said frozen chickens were affordable for most people.

    They cost 110 afs apiece, whereas live chickens cost 150 afs. He saw a further hike in prices of chickens.

    A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said he was unaware of the ban on the sale of frozen chickens. He believed the decision might have been made locally.  

    A Ghazni-based Taliban leader, Habibullah, said that in addition to being slaughtered according to un-Islamic practices, the frozen chickens were dipped in boiled water and then cleaned. "When those chickens are boiled, waste comes out of their stomachs and that method itself is unjust."

    Most local officials said they were unaware of the ban. But one provincial council member, Amanullah Kamrani, confirmed it. Experts and religious leaders called the ban a political move, saying the fatwa had come from neighboring Pakistan.

    A professor of Islamic Culture at Ghazni University, Munir, said: "The fatwa came from religious scholars in Pakistan. They do not want Afghanistan to increase trade with India."



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