JAMRUD, 10 September: A sharp increase has been witnessed in the prices of sacrificial animals in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency ahead of Eidul Azha.

The tribal people said it has virtually become impossible for the poor people to buy animal for sacrifice on Eid due to extremely high prices. A local person who came to Jamrud cattle market told TNN that the price of a cow ranges from Rs40,000 to Rs80,000 which is too high for a common man. He said the administration has not taken any steps to keep the prices of sacrificial animals under check.

On the other hand, the cattle traders say they bring the animals from Punjab and it is their right to make profit for their investment. They alleged that the smuggling of animals to Afghanistan is still continuing and the administration officials are receiving bribes from the cattle traders for this purpose. They said cattle smuggling is the main reason behind high prices in Pakistan.