KARACHI: The first day of Eidul Azha witnesses sacrifice of many animals — sheep, goat, camel and cow. While it’s more of a festive occasion, it also comes with a price — the stench, blood and animal hides everywhere. The smell makes it difficult to breathe while the offal and hides on the roads make them difficult to cross.
Karachi is a city of millions of people, while not everyone is affluent enough to afford a sacrificial animal, the number of animals bought for sacrifice in the city has only increased. As a result, there has also been an increase in the remains of the sacrificial animals on roads. While it is definitely the responsibility of the government apparatus to make sure that roads are cleaned soon after the hides start piling up and filth start piling on streets and roads, it is also for us to make sure that we don’t just simply throw away the remains of animals we have sacrificed.
On the other hand, we should also remove the blood not just from in front of our homes but from entire streets. The least we need to do is clean our streets, and the city will automatically be cleaned in effect.
Let’s stop blaming the government for the ills we ourselves give way to. Let’s be naya in our Naya Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2018.