KARACHI: Eid-ul-Adha brings a lot of economic activity and circulation of wealth every year. However, this year the expectations of the number of sacrifices did not meet reality, hence production of hides dropped and so did the export of leather.
The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) considers not only lesser number of sacrifices this Eid as a reason of slumping of leather export but cheaper alternatives to sacrificial animals hides also a main reason in this regard. Rising inflation may also be blamed for this.
At least 10 per cent drop-off has been witnessed against the projection in collection of animal skins/ hides.
Former chairman PTA Gulzar Firoz told Samaa Digital that the number of animals sacrificed this year downed by 10 per cent than previous year. He termed inflation the main reason behind it. “Fewer people could afford buying animals, therefore less animal skins were received by tanneries,” he said.
Different organisations collect animal skins during Eid days and then they sell them to tanneries through middle men.
According to Gulzar Firoz just 3.5 million goats were sacrificed this year against the expectation of 4 million goats, about 800,000 lambs were slaughtered in contrast to surmise of one million and the number of camels were also slaughtered less than expectations.
Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated with religious fervor and zeal across the country on Monday to remember the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
The day started with Eid prayers in the mosques and supplication for peace, progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah and Pakistan. Ulema in their Eid sermons highlighted the spirit and value of sacrifice and urged people to help poor generously apart from sacrificing animals.
Special security arrangements were made for public gatherings at Eidgahs.
After Eid prayers, those who could afford performed ritual of slaughtering animals in commemoration of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS)’s willingness to sacrifice his only son Hazrat Ismail (AS) for the sake of Allah (SWT). People spent their time feasting and distributing meat among their family members, neighbours, friends and poor.