KHYBER AGENCY - Like other parts of the country Eid shopping has gained momentum in Landi Kotal and the local tribesmen have started shopping of necessary commodities including sacrificial animals. 

However, the suspension of big sacrificial animals (cow, ox, buffalo) to Khyber agency would deprive middle class citizen to perform the Sunnah of Ibrahim, masses regretted.

Animals are transported to Landi kotal from different parts including Afghanistan, Peshawar and Nowshera every year and usually the locals prefer to buy sheep on the Eid-ul-Azha.

According to survey conducted by this scribe this year a slight rise has been witnessed in the price of sheep and a small size sheep prices has been noted Rs 7000 to Rs 9000 in the local market.

Similarly a middle size sheep is selling on Rs 10000 to Rs 12000 and price of large size sheep has been recorded ranging Rs 13000 to Rs 15000.

Hakim Gul resident of Gagra, Khuga khel who was searching for cheaper sacrificial animal in the market, said, “a thousand to two thousands rupees per sheep rate has been raised as compare to the last year.”

 Atta Mohammad a local trader engaged in sheep selling for the last four years while sharing details said that as compared to last year Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per sheep had been decreased.

Because of unemployment in the area, demand of sheep had reduced which affect the prices, he opined.

Sakhi Jan, an Afghan refugee animal trader said, “In spite of having permits, they have to pay bribe to police and Khasadar on scores of check posts while transporting animals to Landi kotal from Peshawar so as on Torkham border from Afghanistan.