SIALKOT

The high prices of sacrificial animals are keeping the buyers away from markets established in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Satrah, Daska, Chawinda, Badiana and Pasrur, giving rise to collective sacrifices.

Though Eidul Azha is now approaching fast, the sacrificial animals including goats, sheep, cows, bulls and even camels were reaching here in a small number. The small number of sacrificial animals is also the major cause behind their high prices here.

People were of the view that the prices of animals were very high as compared to their last year’s prices. They said that these prices were out of the reach of the common man, persuading them to go for the collective sacrifices. According to the banners displayed, mostly the religious organisations have offered packages for collective sacrifice of the cow at Rs10,000 to 12,000 per share. Some daily wagers said that these packages were also very unaffordable for them following the sky-rocketing price hike in the country. They would join collective sacrifices in such sky-rocketing price hike, which is putting almost all the things out of the reach of the common man.

Thus, the trend is gaining momentum in Sialkot district due to the rising prices of the sacrificial animals caused by the short number of these animals in the markets of Sialkot district.

On the other hand, the traders are setting up their markets on the grounds in congested residential and commercial areas. They claimed that there was almost 40 percent increase in the prices of animals as compared to the last year’s prices due to which it had become very hard for the common man to perform the religious obligation. The price of a normal sized goat is between Rs20,000 to 30,000 and cow’s between Rs50,000 to 100,000.

A Sargodha-based trader, Abdul Ghani, said that the number of the sacrificial animals was very short at the moment in the markets due to which their high prices were keeping away the people from these markets.

Khalid Iqbal, another middleman from Mianwali, said that the prices of the camel have also soured up to a great extent due to which the people were considering joining collective sacrifices of the cows.

Tariq, a Daska based trader, said that there was a shortage of the sacrificial markets because most of the animals died due to the recent floods in Sindh. Several people are still hopeful that the prices of the sacrificial animals will again come down when the animals from the other cities come here in a big number. The animals’ merchants were of the view that the local administration has shifted the markets to the outskirts of the urban areas in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and surrounding areas. Thus, the people were reluctant to go to the markets located in out of the city-areas.