PESHAWAR - The sale of butchers’ appliances including knives, cutters and stand blades and oven has recorded unprecedented increase ahead of Eid-ul-Azha as those businessmen who were selling other items in different bazars have also set up their stalls and sharpening machines to take advantage of the season.

Ordinary shopkeepers as well as professional blacksmiths belonging to far flung area of Peshawar as well as other districts have rushed to Peshawar to sell these instruments in different areas of Saddar, Nothia, Khyber Bazaar and other busy localities.

They are attracting large number of customers due to their decorated handles and sharp-edged instruments. Special sharpening machines have been installed at various shops to sharpen knives, axes, beef cutters, knives and meat cleavers along with selling Bar-B-Q instruments.

People from FATA especially Khyber Agency and Bajaur Agency have also decorated their stalls in Saddar Bazar where they are selling these equipments.

Shad Mohammad, a resident of Bajaur Agency, told this scribe that he is doing his own business in Bajaur Agency but during this season he uses to come to Peshawar to increase his sale.

He added that in this season the level of his sale mounts and he saves over Rs 2,000 per day. Another stallholder, Noman Khan, told The Nation that these were exceptional days for them and they can do sufficient business. Similarly, in rural areas the street vendors have been witnessed roaming on bicycles to sell the variety of animals slaughter related instruments and also offering their services to sharpen the rusted slaughter equipment.

The sellers of these instruments were of the view that if special Sastar Bazar with cheep rent is available to them then there can offer a handsome discount to the customers, because in Saddar, Khyber Bazaar, Qissa Khawni Bazaar each shopkeeper is demanding 500 and 1000 per day which is difficult for them to sell these items on lower prices.

They demanded of the government to arrange special Sasta Bazaar for these shopkeepers, as there is a huge demand of slaughtering knives and cutters ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.