'No beef content in food dispatched by Pakistan to Nepal'

Published: April 30, 2015
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Pakistan on Thursday strongly rejected reports that it had dispatched packets of ‘beef masala’ as part of relief aid sent to earthquake-hit Nepal — a Hindu-majority country that treats cows as sacred.

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that there was no beef content in the ready to eat food dispatched by Pakistan to Nepal. Urging the Indian media not to ‘malign’ the humanitarian assistance effort in Nepal, Aslam said the people of Nepal really liked the food dispatched by Pakistan and even requested for more.

The strong reaction from Pakistan comes after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday to offer condolences and sympathies over the loss of precious lives and devastation caused by the earthquake that hit India on 25 April.

Earlier it was reported that Indian doctors at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital told Mail Today that packets of ‘beef masala’ were sent by Pakistan on Tuesday as part of relief aid to the quake survivors.

These doctors – drawn from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) — are members of a 34-member medical team sent to Nepal for treating the survivors.

Read: 4-month-old rescued from rubble 22 hours after Nepal earthquake

“When we reached the airport to collect the food items from Pakistan, we found packets of ready-to-eat meals, including packets of ‘beef masala’. There were other food items too,” Dr Balwinder Singh was quoted as saying.

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Singh continued, “we did not touch the Pakistani aid.”

“Most of the local people are not aware of the contents. When they understand, they avoid it,” said another doctor on the condition of anonymity.

Read: Eight million people may be affected by Nepal earthquake, says UN

Exclusive pictures revealed the origin of the packets of ‘beef masala’ to be Nowshera Cantt in Pakistan. These packets also prominently mention that these are not for sale and the contents include ‘potato bhujia’ and ‘beef masala’.

A top Nepal government official confirmed that “The matter has been conveyed to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and the intelligence chief. We are also starting an internal inquiry to verify the facts. If the report is correct, we will raise the matter at the diplomatic level with Pakistan. India, being our key partner, will also be informed of the developments.”

Foreign Office spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam was quoted to have said “I am not aware of the issue…I am not responsible for the dispatch. The relief aid is sent by the National Disaster Management Authority.”

Read: VIDEO: Drone footage shows the destruction of Nepal’s heritage destruction of Nepal’s heritage sites by the earthquake

A press note uploaded on the website of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan stated “(The) National Disaster Management Authority has dispatched the second of two sorties of C-130 aircrafts on April 28 in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan Air Force. The relief goods include 250 tents, 200 food packs, 1,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), 1,000 blankets and 33 cartons of medicines. These relief goods have been provided from NDMA stocks….”

Despite repeated attempts, the officials of the Pakistan NDMA could not be contacted. The food items have been manufactured by PANA Force Foods. The consignment was supplied after receiving orders from Pakistan’s NDMA.

“PANA Force food processing centre aims at providing quality goods at affordable prices. Currently, the company is supplying two brands of products to Pakistan Army commonly known as Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) and Emergency Pack Ration (EP Ration or high-energy biscuits) whereas a plant for the production of dehydrated vegetables and fruits is under construction,” stated the official website of PANA Force Foods.

Further, the website states that the processing centre provides food to civil population during natural calamities, such as earthquakes and floods.

In Nepal — for long the world’s only Hindu state — the first royal order officially prohibiting cow slaughter stated that the punishments for the crime were death and confiscation of all property of the offender.

The first Civil Code of Nepal, the Muluki Ain of 1854, stated “This kingdom is the only kingdom in the world where cows, women, and Brahmins may not be killed.”

An amendment in 1990 to the Civil Code made cow slaughter punishable by 12 years imprisonment.

This article originally appeared on Mail Online

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 2:00PM

    So What’s the big deal ? Leave beef masala and eat something else ? India’s another propaganda against pakistan.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:00PM

    “In Nepal — for long the world’s only Hindu state”, there is india as well

    and between you guys ignored all other stuff.

    The relief goods include 250 tents, 200 food packs, 1,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), 1,000 blankets and 33 cartons of medicines. These relief goods have been provided from NDMA stocks….”Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 2:02PM

    An act, surely, made more due to ignorance of facts rather than a deliberate attempt to mock someones local custom, religious beliefs or local laws. There are other items in the aid consignment as well so hopefully Nepali brethren will get some relief in these testing times. Recommend

  • Pravin
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Very bad !!!Recommend

  • sohmu
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:07PM

    I think Pakistani authorities could have been careful while making a choice on what food items should be included in the aid.

    This is equivalent to serve pork in pakistan in case god forbid any tragedy happens there.Recommend

  • jg
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:13PM

    What else to expect from jinguistic indian media whose ratings are decided on pak bashing……no substance Recommend

  • Meghana
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Seems like they forgot to check Nepali news channel which showed their own Nepali citizens ask and exchange pakistani packets for non beef ones. As usual everything has to be blamed on india. It’s a simple error. All you got to do is apologise or regret for not knowing food eating patterns of a nation and send new without beef content. Not blame everything on conspiracy, india, specially when it’s on record and packet pics are available.Recommend

  • whatever
    Apr 30, 2015 - 2:55PM

    @Mubi Rana:
    you will not understand the matter theoretically. let me tell you to do an experiment buy few pork foods packets mix it with whatever you people like to eat in a basket and tell your family and friends to pick the food items they like to eat and write down the reactions as conclusion whatever you get from them.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:03PM

    For God Sake…They are our enemy they will obviously do all these dirty tricks. We need to counter them and start doing the same with bigger voice. Come to the real world. Rather then allocating all our media and propaganda channels to distort the image of MQM our defence agencies should be doing something more productive for our country.Recommend

  • Naseer Haq
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:05PM

    @pakistani:
    FYI, India is not a hindu state and never was a hindu state.
    It was a honest mistake,no problem. But,I should say please accept and apologise rather than blaming it on India.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:10PM

    Its disheartening that Pakistan help for needy people of Nepal in this tragic hour is being used by India to discredit Pakistan. It is meanness at its worst. Indian attitude is neither good for Nepal nor Pakistan. Why can’t India live peacefully with its neighbour?Recommend

  • Arun Thapa
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:16PM

    We appreciate Pakistan’s quick response to help the victim of earthquake tragedy. We wish India does the same forgetting political rivalries.Recommend

  • Shayan
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:17PM

    That’s a pity. Being pakistani, i feel pakistani authorities should have been picked stuff more carefully..Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 3:19PM

    “Pakistan strongly rejected reports” how……………….&……………………why ?
    Pakistanis are used to reject everything they can also reject that once they were hindus even nepalis are complaining to police is that the packet which is arrived from pakistan made by pakistan clearly mention on the packet also clearly stated that this is not for sale
    so how pakistan rejected that .. hundreds of nepalis have protested on the beef masala packets souting “no to pakistan” againsts pakistan. that is not indian media its nepali media who reported that firsly then picked by indian media, so how pakistanis are bleming india Recommend

  • Haye!
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:21PM

    This is bad, if it’s true. The Nepalis should understand that the humanitarian efforts were not meant to harm them if something like this has happened. Errors are committed by everyone and we are sorry for that! Recommend

  • Prakash
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:21PM

    As a Nepalese I think if something has happened it should be unknowingly.Now Indian media instead of working for the victims are dragging Pakistan and playing with the Nepalese sentiments. No Nepali media are paying attention to this sort of things….Indian media dont bring Nepal between India and Pakistan fight Recommend

  • Sobriquet
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:22PM

    @Meghana: The “substance” is beef masala. For some people beef is unacceptable just as pork is to others.

    @Mubi Rana: Your statement: eat something else ignores the trust component of help. How would you react of Pakistan received food aid/disaster relief from Europe or the US, with “Pork Flavouring” written on the packaging?Recommend

  • Shakil
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:49PM

    Indian media and its obsession with Pakistan!Recommend

  • Salman Hussen
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:52PM

    So what’s wrong???? Instead of criticizing I request Indian Media to help those people who badly need it…. shame on….Recommend

  • Snisha
    Apr 30, 2015 - 3:56PM

    @Prakash:
    And you are a pakistani pretending to be Nepali. Beef is banned in Nepal. If it’s a non issue issue then surely serving pork to disaster victims in your country “pakistan” by foriegn country is non issue too. Its the nepal govt offical informing their PM and intelligence agency who ordered enquiry and said they will convey it to pakistan”. That’s Nepal govt offical saying it, not indian govt. Don’t drag us into it when our govt has not spoken a word nor plan on it.
    @arshad India/indian govt and indian media are two different things. Indian media is anti modi anti govt. Don’t confuse the two independent institutions they don’t work together unlike your country. And tune in to Nepali channels videos and pics for source of report, than bash india for your channel cherry picking from indian source that took from Nepali sources. Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:01PM

    @PostMan:
    Agreed. Pakistan has send rice and vegetables too. Besides, Nepal authorities could also serve beef food items only to 1 million Muslims living in Nepal. It’s all a matter of distribution and management. Moreover, Nepal Govt can directly contact us if they have an objection. In case it’s true, we can exchange food items. I don’t see the controversy here. Recommend

  • Deepak Bhandari
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:03PM

    this is all drama by Indian media..we all Nepalese knows that Pakistan always love and support our country so please dont believe this fake news.Recommend

  • khan420
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:04PM

    @Sobriquet: People who have worked in disasters know that such things are not uncommon in such situations. In 2005 earthquake, Pakistan did receive some items which were not acceptable to the local populations and some scandals arose, however, the senders usually are not mocking somebody’s religious or cultural beliefs. If NDMA has done this, they need to apologise and fire people for being stupid and incompetent. Recommend

  • Troubled
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:10PM

    When countries respond to emergencies, the send their own stocks. During the pakistan earthquake pork products were received. It was not a Mossad conspiracy to turn us into frogs, it was just a mistake.Recommend

  • Ramiz
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:55PM

    Isn’t “Beef Masala” akin to “Tikka Masala” or “Nehari Masala” as in it’s JUST a collection of spices used to put on meat and doesn’t actually consist of beef!? How dumb would you have to be to not get that?Recommend

  • SM
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:17PM

    Okay, im an Indian and a hindu, and i myself dont eat beef. At the same time, i dont have anything against those who do.

    But seriously, this thing is an error. I dont think pakistan would achieve anything by serving beef to nepalese. I am sure if the aid from US had beef, there wouldnt have been a fuss about it.

    I aint a fan of pakistan for obvious reasons but at the same time the Indian media needs to grow up and act responsible. This is a mistake and even the ones reporting it know it well. So, just get over this sensationalist crap!Recommend

  • Rohit
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:36PM

    @Deepak Bhandari You can say that in your own pakistani id. A Nepali citizen will never say that against indian. Since you don’t know much about our culture, religion,people, history/tradition your ignorance is justified.
    A Nepali and indian don’t need visa,passport or permission to come each other’s country,cross each other’s border by foot or buy properties. We have an open border with them whos people cross border and evening chat, find job and settle without security hassle or visa issue. We trust each other and people that much. And also meanwhile let us both pray Nepalese fast track their recovery process and repair their damaged electrical lines/internet in order to “actual post” in a foriegn country paper online especially when they are on streets not knowing about arrival of their next meal. It’s produced in your country and has your country seal. The pics and videos on Nepali channels shows it. It’s a genuine mistake Just recall them and send new ones problem solved instead on blaming others.Recommend

  • Bablu
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Get over it guys. Even if Pakistani officials have made the mistake, we should move on and avoid sending any such things in next consignments.

    Our Nepalis need help and India and Pakistan should help each other in rehabilitation process.

    I appreciate Nawaz Sharif’s call to Mr Modi and his desire to help those who are in need. Recommend

  • Khurram S
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:07PM

    Indians need to learn the difference between beef and beef masala. Moreover we are not force feeding anyone.Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:11PM

    Pure & simple Indian propaganda. Indians are sinking to new lows everyday due to their hate-filled propaganda against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:23PM

    @Khurram S:

    There is a REASON Indians are one of the most unhappy people on earth as per a study by a neutral country/ agency. I recently read that Indians also are among the most racist people on earth with Pakistanis much much lower on that scale.

    In time of life and death, starvation and devastation, lack of food and other necessities, people still complain about type of food.

    And yes, you hateful Indians, even Muslims can eat pork and drink wine if food is lacking. I knew it was the top comment burning in your minds.Recommend

  • N
    Apr 30, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Its all double standard Nepalese and Indian Hindus here in Saudi Arabia eat beef every day without beef in their meel their deit is not complete officials from Nepal govt and Indian govt should visit Saudi Arabia as fact finding mission they are all beefeaters
    More than Muslims Recommend

  • Prashant
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:21PM

    Indin media doing exactly what Pakistani media would have done in such scenario. why Pakistanis are angry? read report again no one is denying that they didn’t send the packages with beef masala packate, everyone is denying their role in it. So it is clear that Pakistan did send food packets wich content Beef Masala Packets.

    instead of accepting Mistake and Apologising for the same, you people went into denial and conspiracy mode. no For your informatiob CIA, RAW, MOSAD, whole world no one has time do such stupid things… and what is with that fake Nepali names and comments? you people are insulting yourself… whole world appreciate your efforts and we can understand that this is honest mistake then accept it and move on… Recommend

  • Raghu2
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Dont blame Indian media. Also note that India would have picked up issue if india sent pork to Pak. I think Pak should play this sensibly. They should say probably we sent it for muslims in Nepal or its a gaffe and cool down the issue.
    For Nepali friends commenting here against India, should know, Pak doesnt have Gorkha contingent in them. Alo these are the ones who broke up Indian nation ,unable to live with hindus. Tomorrow they might also break up Nepal. Never be neutral with Pak, if you do , you dont know history and you are just insulting yourself and hindus.Recommend

  • Assad
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:47PM

    @sohmu:
    Ok so pork related products were sent to Pakistan during the earthquake relief. Issue came, mistake amended, people moved on. Exactly what needs to happen here instead of immature India media hyping this up to score cheap points against Pakistan in the moment of Nepal’s misfortune.

    Indian clowns here need to relax and lay off. Pakistan sent what was quickly available. Leave the “beef masala” aside and use what else is available in the packages. Pakistan is already sending more relief. Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:58PM

    @Prashant:

    I could not agree more that this must have been a mistake ….even a stupid and naïve will understand that. Why then these food packets were being shown on TV channels? What was the purpose? Who ever instigated that could only be an evil party trying to embarrass Pakistan’s aid work.

    Yes I would like the Govt of Pakistan to see to this matter soon and clarify things to the Govt of Nepal while continuing the good work.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Apr 30, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Indians keep proving to us that they are our biggest and filthiest enemies

    despite all the foot licking by our “desi liberals” and “Nawaz government”.

    India itself has been among the top beef exporters in the world

    earning money by selling the flesh of their god mother

    and here they are spewing venom against othersRecommend

  • Troubled
    Apr 30, 2015 - 9:50PM

    The day we can speak to each other in civil tones, is the day we will have peace and prosperity in both countries. Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 30, 2015 - 9:53PM

    @SM:

    There IS no mistake from Pakistan side, only hateful Indians doing what they do best, whining.

    Pakistan is not forcing a spoon down anyone’s throat. If one is devoted enough not to eat beef while he and his children go hungry then sure, his choice. Not Indian media’s.Recommend

  • Kumar
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:07PM

    @SM: I completely agree with you. There definitely seems to be no deliberate attempt by Pakistan, this is just an erroneous mistake on their part. The whole thing is that mainstream journalism in both India and Pakistan is really pathetic, way below international standards and the journalist and anchors are biased with their own agendas.Recommend

  • countk99
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:12PM

    @Arun Thapa:
    India was the first to send in aid, with supplies starting within hours of Saturday’s killer quake. India has mounted a mammoth relief effort and has so far deployed 13 military aircraft, three civilian aircraft, six Mi-17 helicopters, two Advanced Light Helicopters while two more Mi-17 choppers are kept in standby.
    Apart from that India sent 16 NDRF teams (National Disaster Response Force) each team consist of 45 members, thousands of tents, blankets, tons of food, mobile hospitals, paramedics and medicines.
    Also sent UAVs to map destruction to deploy the resources and workforce. Indian engineers are working to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply and restore power lines. Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 11:30PM

    @Meghana:
    I agree with your comment: ‘All you got to do is apologise or regret for not knowing food eating patterns of a nation and send new without beef content.’

    Once a mistake is realised, steps should be taken to admit the mistake and then rectify it in a non-violent, non-abusive way. The intention here was definitely not to hurt anyone’s feelings, but to instead offer genuine help since everyone would want to empathise with victims of such a massive and dreadful calamity.

    May God protect all on earth and beyond.Recommend

  • komal s
    Apr 30, 2015 - 11:52PM

    @Khurram S:
    Everybody knows it was a mistake. Saying we did not force feed, shows complete lack of sensitivity. It is the Pakistani government that is playing with the emotions of Pakistani people by unnecessarily dragging India to it, instead of just apologize and move on. But then Pakistanis have taken the bait Recommend

  • M7
    May 1, 2015 - 12:19AM

    As an Indian I would give Pakistan the benefit of the doubt, It may have been a mistake. Considering the state of Pakistan, it was generous of Pakistan to offer the aid.Recommend

  • woody
    May 1, 2015 - 12:35AM

    Pakistan deserves Kudos for prompt response to this disaster – and if some of the food products contained meat then so be it – most of the foreign aid workers in Nepal will have no problem consuming the meat products and I have never met a starving person who is picky about what food they consume.Recommend

  • Anil
    May 1, 2015 - 1:38AM

    What if Nepal or India supplies Pork Masala to Pakistan?

    Fact is Pakistan government did NOT mean any offence to send it. They did send it in good gesture. Mistake they made was they did not know or check what they were sending. In fact people who sent it made an honest mistake.

    As an Indian, I would say just send that food back or give that food to European doctors and relief teams, use blankets, medicines graciously and thank Pakistanis for their support instead of making a huge issue.Recommend

  • Azi
    May 1, 2015 - 5:29AM

    @Anil:

    In disaster and emergency situations, even muslims are allowed to eat pork or its “masala” if food is scarce. One should step into the realm of sanity in such situations. Be it a mistake or not, this is a non-issue or atleast should be. But Indians have a habit of creating drama over everything possible.Recommend

  • Rumi
    May 1, 2015 - 6:26AM

    @Azi “indians have habit of creating drama” all the comments from indians I see were positive that it was unintentional. May I know why are you dragging and abusing indians and india into it for no issue? It’s Nepali minister who commented on beef masala. Nepals media covered his statements then the packets, people’s reactions and a sikh doctor Balwinder singh’s comment. India showed the same news from their source on our tv just like every other country does. Why are you targetting india if not to fuel anti india rant for no reason?.
    If you have issue condemn nepali minister and their news tv for reporting it. Not hindus or indians for that matter. And just because in your religion something is allowed under certain conditions it doesn’t neccesaryly mean it’s same for other Religions. Your own pm issued clarification those supplies are for non hindus in Nepal. Then why does it article state no beef masala sent and then bizzarly blame india for it? Do you blame conspiracy and tricks of india even if it doesn’t rain in pakistan there?Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 1, 2015 - 8:19AM

    @komal s:
    I agree the mention of ” force feed ” sounds insensitive and harsh and had best avoided in a tragic situation like this.

    But can you throw some light how you think Pakistan government is playing with Pakistani emotions and dragging India into this all?Recommend

  • prakash
    May 1, 2015 - 2:04PM

    pathetic Indian media..Useless bunch of sit , they have come to nepal only to deliver publicity..They have done nothing ,,,Indian NDRF team are here to rescue thier citizen not Nepalese and they are doing so because of chinaRecommend

  • Hella
    May 1, 2015 - 3:22PM

    @ Komal S, Quite possible that Nepali Hindus felt that Pakistani Muslims were trying to convert them on the sly, taking advantage of their desperate situation. So in a way force feed to convert.
    @Muhammad, Read Rumi’s comment above to understand how Pakistani emotions are being played with and India is unnecessarily being brought into what was a Nepali reaction.Recommend

  • Daren
    May 1, 2015 - 8:10PM

    @Arun Thapa:
    Do you think India is not providing aid ? Please check some stats before you comment. Recommend

  • ali
    May 2, 2015 - 10:06AM

    shame on Indian mentality instead of helping peoples they are playing their dirty games ..oh yeah what we can expect from butcher modi the PM of Indian Recommend

  • JSM
    May 2, 2015 - 11:44AM

    @ali:
    Shame on Pakistanis. They chose this moment of national tragedy of Nepal to show their insensitivity towards the religious feelings of of Nepalese citizens.Recommend

  • Agrippa - The Skeptic
    May 2, 2015 - 2:33PM

    What a cheap political stunt.
    I am pretty sure there are enough Europeans, Muslims, Christians and Hindus who eat beef who will gladly take these food packs and say Thank You.
    Appreciate the help provided. Don’t politicize it!Recommend

  • Prakash
    May 2, 2015 - 4:54PM

    I think a reporter with ethics should report to the public the exact information as its seen. Indian news are seem to be concentrating more on creating story and making it interesting to viewers in this in this terrorizing moment. They are showing it in a way that whole destruction is being taken by just 180 of their rescuers as if more than 100000 Nepali army,policeman ..who are recognized world wide for their bravery and capability to act in such situations are doing nothing. Let me put light on this. All Indian rescuers and their rescue planes seem to have come just to rescue some high level Indians as low level Indians were seen to be struggling even to get in the local bus that have come from Bihar and UP to take them. Media did not show this as it would have shown the real India. I think the reputation and respect that Modi had gained over his last visits to Nepal have slowly started declining and Nepali reads the situation and can distinguish between show business and real affection…Recommend

  • Salim
    May 6, 2015 - 4:13AM

    *Its a mistake but not a simple considering the context, the stuff who saying “I dont kw” should be responsible, simply dont show others to avoid own responsibility *Recommend

  • Meat exporter
    May 10, 2015 - 12:01PM

    @Timorlane:
    We export buffalo meat not cows meat. It’s most popular amongst the expats in the Gulf area.
    In particular, it’s water buffalo. They are the big black ones with huge horns. Recommend

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