KARACHI: Steps taken to curb livestock smuggling will not only control meat and milk prices, but also check shortages of raw material for the leather tanning industry, President Pakistan Tanners Association (South Zone) Gulzar Firoz has said. Firoz appreciated and welcomed steps taken by Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh to stop smuggling of live animals to Balochistan, from where they are smuggled to Iran and Afghanistan. He said the tanning industry will appreciate the steps further if orders are implemented properly. He said the leather industry had been long demanding curbs on the smuggling of livestock from Sindh, and had proposed setting up of check posts at entry and exit points of the province and similar measures upcountry, in order to save multiple industries reliant on livestock from collapse. He said that the export-oriented tanning industry would be pushing for the earliest implementation of decisions in this regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2012.
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