KARACHI: People are moving towards buying sacrificial animals online to avoid contracting the virus. Traffic jams, crowds of buyers, and chants from sellers are usually the scenes in the cattle market at the highway that connects the metropolitan city to the rest of the country, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
The majority of the population across Pakistan has shown a preference for home delivery of sacrificial animals to protect themselves from the virus.
Zaki Abro, an organizer of the cattle market in Karachi says that “We expect a 50% fall in the number of buyers this year, mainly because of the coronavirus fallout.”
“Last year over 20,000 animals were sold through the platform for Eid ul Adha,” says Head of Sales Farhan Khan in OLX. “This year, however, more than 800 sellers post their stock of animals on OLX on a daily basis while over 25,000 potential buyers visit the website in search of a suitable deal,” he added.
People are also worried about the slaughtering services, which are considered hygienic as Pakistan stills is not able to curb the spread of the disease.
Punjab Government during the global pandemic of coronavirus has launched an app named ‘Bakra Mandi Online’ to facilitate citizens to purchase sacrificial animals online on Eid-ul-Adha.
Aamir Hussain, a Karachi-based system developer, would usually bring goats home a week before Eid as his children enjoy taking care of them. But not this time.
“I have booked Qurbani [sacrifice] through an online website this year as I am not comfortable with the idea of exposing myself by visiting the cattle market, and slaughtering the cattle outside my house,” he told Anadolu Agency. “I am not going to do that this time. It will be too risky for myself, and my family.”