Rawalpindi, Oct 26 (ANI): In a blatant violation of government law, banned outfits in Pakistan, including Hafiz Saeed's Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), have openly installed banners across the city seeking sacrificial animal hides despite a ban on collection of animal hides.
According to The Dawn, even some political parties have launched campaigns to collect hides without acquiring the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the district administration.
The police and local administration have, however, turned a blind eye to the violation of the ban.
"We have received directions from the interior ministry to stop the banned outfits from collecting hides as they may use the amount (generated from the sale of the hides) in carrying out their nefarious designs," said Saqib Zafar, district coordination officer (DCO).
Banned outfits like JuD have installed banners requesting people to give the sacrificial animal hides to them for the 'welfare of orphans, widows and other needy people'.
Other outfits like Hizbul Tahrir, Sipah-i-Sahaba, Sunni Tehrik and Jaish-i-Mohammad have also installed similar banners. Many of these banned outfits have changed their names just to get as many hides as possible.
Political and religious parties are also collecting hides under different banners. The Jamaat-i-Islami, which is seeking the hides under the banner of Al-Khidmat Foundation, is one such example.
Animal hides are sold in the market at high rates- goat or sheep skin can fetch around Rs 500-700, cow or bull hide will fetch Rs 3,500-4,000, and camel skin is worth over Rs 5,000.
A JuD worker said they were working for the welfare of the people.
"We have been asked to collect hides and send them to our headquarters in Lahore where a cell has been set up to deal with these hides," he said. (ANI)