KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has expressed grave concerns on the arrival of infected sheep in Karachi from Australia.
According to recent media reports, Pakistani port authorities had allowed 21,000 Australian sheep to be offloaded at the Karachi port after the same shipment was refused entry into Bahrain because the sheep were reportedly suffering from scabby mouth — a disease that can also infect humans.
Claiming that medical reports had confirmed that the sheep were infected with the disease and that their meat was unfit for consumption, the MQM chief demanded that the federal government prohibit their sale in the country.
Altaf also called for an inquiry into the issue and said that the sheep should be sent back to Australia.
Last week, the Australian high commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward had said that the sheep had been inspected at the Karachi port and were cleared. He insisted that the sheep were healthy and refusal by Bahrain to offload sheep puzzled him.
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