LANDIKOTAL: The ban which was imposed on import of sheep from Afghanistan from Torkham border has been lifted after which a large number of traders have started bringing sheep to Pakistan for sale during Eidul Azha.

On Wednesday night, two trailers carrying sheep entered Pakistan through Torkham border. Ban was imposed on import of sheep from Afghanistan few days ago due to which the prices of sacrificial animals in the cattle market in Landikotal increased enormously. Profiteers took undue advantage of the ban and started selling sacrificial animals at very high prices and it became virtually impossible for the citizens to buy animal for sacrifice on the occasion of Eidul Azha.

The people of Landikotal expressed grave concern over the issue and held press conferences to press the government to lift the ban. People of the area are of the view that Landikotal sub-division of Khyber tribal district has a population of 300,000 and many people depend on the sheep imported from Afghanistan during Eidul Azha.

After lifting of the ban, two trailers carrying sheep entered Pakistan through Torkham border which were to be transported to the cattle market of Landikotal after official formalities. Sources said there were about 700 sheep in two trailers. The process of import of sheep from Afghanistan will continue till Eidul Azha during which about two 200,000 sheep will be imported.

Sources said a special tax is collected on import of sheep from Afghanistan and there is no additional tax. The people of Landikotal hoped that the prices of sacrificial animals will come down after import of sheep from Afghanistan and more people will be able to perform the religious obligation.

Meanwhile, cattle markets have failed to attract a large number of buyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as compared to the last year due to high prices of sacrificial animals.

A large number of people usually come to cattle markets to buy or see the suitable animals, but most of the buyers go back empty handed due to extremely high prices. Cattle traders have complained about low-sale this year as compared to last year due to increasing price hike of the sacrificial animals. The traders said the prices of everything have been increased enormously, so it was quite natural that the prices of animals will also increase.