KARACHI - The issues of livestock smuggling and authorities nod to livestock export would be taken up with the federal government as not only the meat prices in the country are skyrocketing but also the leather industrys future has been threatened. This was stated by Patron In-Chief and Chairman Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, S M Muneer on Wednesday. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, President and former chairman PTA, Gulzar Firoz, Chairman KATI Syed Johar Ali Qandhari, Former Chairman KATI and President PBIF, Mian Zahid Husain, and PTA Vice Chairman Hamid Zahoor were also present on the occasion. Addressing a reception hosted by Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) in his honour, Muneer said that it was a matter of serious concern that the government was not taking any measure to curb massive smuggling of livestock to Iran and Afghanistan due to which prices of hides and skins have increased so much that exporters are facing sheer difficulties in meeting export orders. Its a height of anomaly that the government has allowed unregulated export of livestock due to which massive smuggling is continuing under the garb of export, Muneer said, adding that the government should have taken immediate action to stop this menace in order to save countrys second largest export sector. He also lamented the attitude of the EOBI chairman, who is harassing the industrialists. He mentioned that EOBI chief has recently sealed a factory rendering many workers jobless. He said that in such a grim situation of the countrys economy when the industries are closing down due to massive overheads and ever-increasing prices of utilities and government charges, the EOBI chief is harassing the factories owners. He warned the EOBI chairman to mend his ways otherwise a press conference at the FPPCCI level would be held against his highhandedness. Gulzar Firoz, in his address, showed his concern over the increasing prices of skins and hides and urged the government to immediately ban export of livestock or at least impose export duty to at least regulate it. He further urged the government not to withdraw five export sectors exemption from GST. He said that there should be no payment, no refund status declared for export sector.