Sindh govt prohibits forced collection of animal hides during Eidul Azha

Published: October 31, 2011
Home Minister Manzoor Wassan says violators would be prosecuted in Anti-Terrorism Court. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Home Minister Manzoor Wassan says violators would be prosecuted in Anti-Terrorism Court. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Ahmed Wassan said the government had devised a code of conduct for the collection of hides of sacrificial animals on Eidul Azha with consensus of all major political parties of the province while Police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) had clearly been directed to arrest violators and challan them in the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) to face charges.

The home minister said that a meeting in this regard was held on Monday attended by senior representatives of eight political parties, including Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jafaria Alliance and Sunni Tehreek, while representatives of social welfare organizations were also present.

Dr Sagheer Ahmed and Raza Haroon from MQM, ANP Chief Shahi Syed, JI Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti and Najmi Alam of PPP attended the meeting.

Reading out the points of code of conduct during a press conference at his office, Wassan said only officially registered political parties could collect hides of sacrificial animals after obtaining a permission letter from concerned District Coordination Officer. Setting up camps at any government land or office or elsewhere is completely prohibited while using loudspeakers for the purpose was also not allowed.

He maintained that anybody found breaching the code of conduct will be taken to ATC to face legal action. The minister said many cases of snatching of hides were reported last year, adding such practice won’t be tolerated anymore.

He stated that all parties would spell out their agenda including hide collection points on November 2 at the Home Minister’s Office. “ANP has already said it will not collect hides on Eidul Azha”

“A complaint centre at Home Minister’s Office has also been established that will be working round the clock during Eid days. Prompt action would be taken against the complaint of any person”

In order to maintain peace, he said, it was necessary to eliminate all practices being carried through many years regarding ‘forced’ collection of hides on Eidul Azha.

The home minister expressed that positive results would emerge out of the decision taken with the consensus of all political parties of Sindh.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Oct 31, 2011 - 7:05PM

    If Eidulazha slaughtering is conducted carefully, the skin can
    be used by the Sialkot famous leather garment industry for
    earning much needed foreign exchange.The average skin is
    large and soft fetch the best prices in Europe and America.
    Better than Scottish goat leather.
    These Zebu brahmin breed skins are very valuable for leather
    garments,especially meant for winter wear.Even the skin from
    the balls of the animals make good pouch for coins stiched
    into belts.I had a ram ball pouch that was invaluable. The
    government should channelise the supply of tanned fur included
    skin direct to the leather garment industry.Pakistani women
    entreprenuers can work it as labour intensive cottage industry
    so the lower middle class can obtain upward mobility.My friend´s
    daughter here must be still in import business in case there
    are suppliers of the est quality.In January second week
    Frankfurt Trade Fair, I am sure can cause inflow of orders
    above 100 million EUROs.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Hairaan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 9:54PM

    This is not fair. MQM took out rally in favor of PPP. Sind government should retun favor by giving free hand to MQM to collect hide as they want.Recommend

  • MarkH
    Nov 1, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Yeah. In favor of PPP and democracy. Democracy isn’t supposed to play favorites.


  • John B
    Nov 1, 2011 - 2:07AM

    Animal sacrifice is a Pre-Islamic traditions in Worship of gods. Why is it still practiced?

    Slaughter an animal and give a feast- no problem.

    Sacrifice-serious issues in reverence of god.


  • Aamer Khawaja
    Nov 1, 2011 - 7:17AM

    Well atleast this doesn’t happen in KP, Punjab & Balochistan, wonder whats the difference between these three provinces and Sindh, any guesses?


  • Aleem
    Nov 8, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Sorry, but this has failed miserably, just got forced into giving my hide by the MQM workers in Nazimabad.


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