Islamabad: Unhealthful meat clutched at Aabpara
ISLAMABAD: According to the Dawn News on Saturday, the city administration seized a large quantity of unhygienic meat during a raid on a meat shop in Aabpara market but could not arrest anyone as the butchers fled from the scene. A senior official of the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration said on Friday that they had conducted the raid with the help of Aabpara police and seized the meat which was ready to be sold. Last week the local administration had warned butchers that stern action would be taken against them if they were found selling unhygienic mutton. The official said the administration had found a similar activity at G-10 and imposed heavy fines on the violators besides initiating legal action against them. But the continued sale of unhygienic meat has toughened the task of the local administration which asserts that selling meat of dead animals or birds would not be allowed at any cost. “The butchers will be arrested and fined according to the law,” the official warned. He said: “During our inspection we have not found meat of any dead animal or bird in the city.”
Answering a question, the official claimed that lack of proper ‘slaughter house’ in the city was one of the reasons behind sale of unhygienic meat in the city. “You need to have a proper slaughter house for permanently putting a block on the sale of unhealthy meat,” he added. Fayyaz Maqsood, a local resident, said: “Aabpara market is very important point for the sale of fresh meat but the raid on the night of September 27 has increased the doubt over quality of meat.” Meanwhile, the CDA spokesman said their health directorate had a close watch on butchers. “We have been conducting snap visits to the local markets to check the quality of meat.” He said the civic authority has selected 10 acres land for construction of a modern slaughter house. He said nine firms have also been selected after floating a tender for the project.