Infected sheep: PM seeks inquiry report

Published: September 17, 2012

Australian sheep at the PK livestock meet company warehouse in Razzaqabad on Saturday. PHOTO: PPI

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Sindh Government to submit a report in seven days about the import of a large number of infected sheep from Australia at Port Qasim and to identify the persons responsible, Radio Pakistan reported.

Recently, a Sindh Government official had said that media reports suggesting that sheep recently imported from Australia were infected with a contagious bacteria, are baseless and fabricated.

The import of the sheep had raised alarm bells throughout Pakistan. Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain had claimed that medical reports had confirmed that the sheep were infected with the disease and that their meat was unfit for consumption. He had demanded an inquiry into the issue, adding that the government should prohibit the sale of the infected sheep.

However, reports emerged on Sunday that commissioner Karachi, Roshan Ali Shaikh had ordered dumping of the infected sheep after administering poisonous injections to them.

The Australian high commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward has insisted that the sheep were healthy and the refusal by Bahrain to offload them was puzzling.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Not me
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:38PM

    so who has been paid off?

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  • khalid
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Don’t worry after things cool down and money changes hands,people will forget the episode and meat will be sold in the market.

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  • Hasnain
    Sep 18, 2012 - 10:41AM

    The Prime Minister looks so naive. This is an action re-play of the import of contaminated milk (Frico) from Australia by the previous PPP govt in 1989.Similar to the current situation, this milk was destined for Singapore from Australia but the govt of Singapore banned it for its contamination report and now got of Bahrain has banned the sheep, which corrupt mafia in Pakistan has imported.
    Same type of corruption but different tenures of PPP.

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  • Concerned Cititzen
    Sep 18, 2012 - 12:12PM

    finally!!!

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  • KSU
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:18PM

    I agree that there is something rotten in the set-up and politically connected people are willing to spread disease for a few bucks – but also consider this; if contaminated meat had originated in a third world country the whole “international community” would have banned all agricultural trade . Countries like Australia can get away with pedaling not only substandard produce but disease infested products. How come this stuff only ends up in third world countries. Australia exports to rich countries but its always high quality stuff.

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