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Peshawar court stays cattle exports to Afghanistan

Peshawar court stays cattle exports to Afghanistan

Jul 31, 2019 - 13:18

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the government to impose a ban on issuing of permits for transportation of animals to Afghanistaninfo-icon till Eidul Adha.

Justices Lal Jan Khattak and Muhammad Ibrahim Khan issued a stay order on a writ petition filed by lawyers Yasir Khattak and Ashfaq Khalil against the illegal transformation of cattle to Afghanistan.

The lawyers said the smuggling of cattle to Afghanistan ahead of Eidul Adha had considerably increased. The smuggling of cattle and misuse of permits had led to a scarcity of animals in the province, they said.

As a result, the petitioners argued, locals were faced with high prices of sacrificial animals. They asked if the Afghan government could stop the export of small animals to Pakistaninfo-icon, why Islamabad could not ban cattle transportation to the neighbouring country.

Subsequently, the court issued a stay order stopping the federal government from issuing new permits for the export of cattle to Afghanistan until the end of the three-day festival.

However, the existing cattle export permits will remain valid, ruled the bench, which ordered the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to check the smuggling of sacrificial animals to Afghanistan.

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