The Punjab government has banned the setting up of cattle markets in Lahore and said that SOPs related to cattle markets would be clarified in a few days.
According to sources of the Punjab government, in view of the growing outbreak of Coronavirus, markets in cities will be set up in remote areas, while cattle markets will not be set up in major cities on Eid-ul-Adha.
Sources said that recommendations on how citizens will buy animals are being worked on while SOPs will be clarified in the next few days to make it possible to buy and sell animals to sacrifice.
The decision to ban cattle markets in the city has been taken in the wider interest of the citizens, while a proposal to set up markets in sparsely populated areas near the outskirts of the city is under consideration.
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Earlier, The Sindh government has immediately revoked permission to set up cattle markets across the province.
A letter issued by the local government department did not give any reason for the move, but it is believed that the decision was given in view of the lack of biosecurity measures at cattle markets in Sindh during the week and the growing number of cases of coronavirus in the province.