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Nine dealers arrested for running illegal cattle markets

Nine dealers arrested for running illegal cattle markets

KOHAT: The administration arrested nine cattle dealers for selling sacrificial animals at different illegal points in Kohat city on Tuesday.

The contractor of the main cattle market has been sustaining big losses due to the growth of illegal cattle markets where the sale is continuing under the nose of district administration.

The sellers have been parading the animals in the bazaar where illegal markets have been created at Tehsil Gate, Bannu Bazaar, PAF Gate No-1, Chakarkot, Rawalpindi road, Hangu road and Defence locality.

Meanwhile, regular buyers of goats are disappointed due to decrease in their number compared to previous years, while rams have been brought in large numbers whose prices are also reasonable.

A buyer, Omer Sanan, present at the Bannu bazaar market, said that they had not been able to find a goat of their choice despite visiting the markets due to their shortage.

He said that the sellers were attributing it to floods which washed away animals in Punjab.

The big animals were also in abundance due to control on smuggling of animals to Afghanistan.

Prices of the ram start from Rs18,000 and that of goat from Rs16,000 and go up as high as Rs70,000.

Previously, the healthy goat could be bought between Rs6,000 to Rs18,000. Prices of big animals too have registered an average increase of Rs20,000 per animal.

EID IN KOHAT: A grand sitting of ulema was held in a mosque in Kohat which unanimously decided to observe Eidul Azha on Thursday (Sept 24) , said a statement issued by the office of Sunni Supreme Council chairman Javed Ibraheem Paracha on Tuesday.

It said that the Eid prayer would be held at the main Eidgah.

The decision has come as a surprise for the people who had set their minds to celebrate the Eid with the government on Friday (Sept 25) as announced by the central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

Announcements were also made from mosques throughout Kohat division about the decision of ulema. The people annoyed by the different decisions of the ulema every time demanded of the government to impose its writ in these areas.

However the district governments and administrations of Hangu, Orakzai Agency, Karak, Kohat and Kurram Agency, when contacted, said that they would go with the decision of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and would observe Eid in the whole Kohat division on Sept 25 (Friday).

The people are divided in Orakzai Agency, while in Darra Adamkhel people have decided to observe Eid on Thursday.

21 AFGHANS ARRESTED: The police arrested 21 Afghan nationals staying illegally from the surrounding areas of cantonment and city here on Tuesday. Police said that they had rented houses in the area without having any travel and other documents. They were handed over to the Gumbat, Junglekhel and cantonment police who registered cases against them under 14 Foreign Act.

Later, they were sent to prison for their expulsion to Afghanistan along with their families.

Published in Dawn September 23rd, 2015

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