PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has denied the federal government’s request to lift a ban on transporting cattle to the tribal areas and Afghanistan.
Officials from the Home and Tribal Affairs Department told The Express Tribune that they received a letter issued from the Prime Minister’s Secretariat directing the provincial government to end the ban, which had been imposed by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on July 23. The home department, however, turned down the request.
Following the refusal, the federal interior ministry stepped in and asked the Frontier Constabulary to allow cattle transportation to Afghanistan. However, this was not permitted either.
The hearing was scheduled before a PHC division bench comprising Justice Meftahuddin and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth. However, it could not take place as the judges left the courtroom.
Cattle transportation was banned by PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan when the court took suo motu notice after many applications were filed.
Residents had requested the court to aid ending cattle smuggling as it was increasing prices of meat and poultry.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.
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