By Minahil Makhdoom
ISLAMABAD: Butchers in various slaughterhouses all over the country including capital city are passing busy time in making sharp tools used for slaughtering sacrificial animals on Eid ul Azha and taking online advance orders amid coronavirus. Like previous years, business of seasonal butchers, blacksmiths and knife sharpeners has registered upward boom as they are receiving incalculable â€˜advance online ordersâ€™ from citizens ahead of Eid ul Azha.
According to details, the people are looking for trained butchers to slaughter their sacrificial animals online and avoiding to visit their shops amid Covid-19. A slaughterhouse in F-10 said that amid coronavirus, a strict precautionary and hygiene measures have been stepped up for the Eid. Basit Zain said, this year citizens should encourage the trend of online buying, e-selling and slaughter arrangements of the animals as much as possible in their respective cities and towns.
Buyers and butchers must wear surgical or medical mask as per govt orders while slaughtering animals at home, a citizen Mohsin Ikram urged. Another citizen Bilal Malik said, Social media platforms are providing online buying and sacrificial services. However, the pandemic situation coupled with new restrictions have increased their popularity by manifold this year. â€œI have booked 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 houseâ€ , said Yousaf Amin.
A trained butcher in Sittara Market said, to limit the number of customers in butcheries, orders can be placed via mobile apps and my all workers strictly orders to follow government given SOPs while visiting homes on Eid days. The fee for slaughtering animals remains unchanged, he assured.