Pakistan: Karachi livestock market opens ahead of Eid-al-Adha despite pandemic

People were seen visiting visiting Karachi's largest cattle market on Sunday to purchase sacrificial animals ahead of the Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Adha, despite most Pakistani livestock markets being banned due to COVID-19. The market was set up at Karachi's Super Highway, with thousands of sacrificial animals including goats and cows being brought there for sale. «It's extremely worrying that no more than 10 percent of people here are wearing masks,» said buyer Adnan Hussain. «The government has done nothing, there are no sanitisers, masks. No one is following the rules,» said buyer Muhammad Basit. Pakistani authorities have banned open-air livestock markets in cities for the upcoming Eid al-Adha, or «Feast of Sacrifice,» to contain the spread of the coronavirus. However, people are allowed to buy and sell sacrificial animals at designated markets set up on the outskirts of cities and only open from dusk until dawn.

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