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PHC ORDERS HALT TO POULTRY SUPPLY TO AFGHANISTAN

The Peshawar High Court directed the deputy commissioners of the merged tribal districts to stop the transportation of poultry products to Afghanistan in their respective districts and submit their reports to the court. It ordered the deputy commissioners to continue “stopping the transportation of poultry products to Afghanistan until such time that prices are normalized here”, and adjourned the hearing into a case on the matter until June 10. The bench took exception to the increasing chicken prices and wondered how a product could be exported when the locals were unable to afford it due to shortages. It observed that ‘mafias’ had been operating in the country as first, the sugar and flour scandals surfaced and later, the poultry one rocked the province. It issued orders and observations during the hearing into a petition filed by resident Malik Sheharyar last year regarding dairy products, including milk adulteration. A substantial increase in prices of poultry feed had also surged the rates of poultry products so much that a chicken, which was sold for Rs400 per kg, cost Rs700 per kg. The commissioner (food security) told the bench that recently, meat dealers met President Dr. Arif Alvi over the issue and highlighted their problems. Commissioner (Food Security) claimed that the president had declared that poultry was in surplus in Punjab and the moment government realized that there was scarcity of the product on the market due to its export, they would stop it. The bench wondered that it was a strange logic that product had surplus supply but still, its prices were skyrocketing. It observed that even the middle class was unable to consume poultry what to talk about poor people.