Islamabad: The day before Eid al-Adha, prices for animal sacrifices skyrocketed, forcing many potential buyers to return home empty-handed.
The trade of sacrificial animals in makeshift cattle markets has gained momentum not only in Islamabad, but also in Lahore, Karachi and other cities and towns of the country.
However, people complained about the high prices for sacrificial animals – goats, sheep, rams and heifers.
In makeshift cattle markets in Lahore, goat prices range from Rs 40,000 (AED 913) to Rs 65,000 (AED 1,484) per animal, while sheep are sold from Rs 30,000 (AED 685) to Rs 50,000 ( 1141 dirham) per animal.
Prices for large animals, including a heifer and a ram, range from Rs 150,000 (AED 3,425) to Rs 350,000 (AED 7,992) depending on the weight and appearance of the animal.
Khalid Munir, a resident of the Model City in Lahore, told Gulf News on Tuesday that prices for sacrificial animals had been increased by almost 100% ahead of Eid al-Adha.
“The livestock traders are demanding prohibitively high prices for sacrificial animals, which has made it difficult, if not impossible, to sacrifice ordinary citizens,” he said.
Residents of Karachi also complain about the 100% increase in the price of sacrificial animals.
Muhammad Iqbal, a resident of Lari, said there are similar complaints every year, but the provincial government cannot resolve the problem.
“The government should introduce some kind of price regulation mechanism to curb the unfair pricing of sacrificial animals. This will reduce the burden on low- and middle-income citizens, ”he said.
In Islamabad, the district government has opened three market points for the sale of sacrificial animals in Bhara Kakha, Tramri and Sangjani.
District officials and police took down impromptu livestock sales points along the road in different parts of Islamabad during an operation on Tuesday.
One such operation was led by Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad, Mohammad Hamza Shafkaat, who asked livestock traders to transport their animals to the appropriate cattle markets established for this purpose.
“Buying and selling animals on the side of the road is illegal and unhygienic,” Hamza Shafkaat said in a tweet, asking Islamabad residents not to buy sacrificial animals from roadside traders.