Bakra Eid ;)

Eid Ul Azha comingA vast expanse of land in Sector H-11 where people affected by last year’s earthquake camped not long ago is echoing with the ‘moos’ of bulls. The first of the sacrificial animals began arriving ahead of Eidul Azha.

Located next to the new graveyard still awaiting its formal inauguration, the market for the sale of animals was brimming with activity as cattle-owners started setting up shop about 10 days ahead of the big festival.

Due to open officially on first Zil-Haj, the market is expected to attract customers in thousands wanting to fulfil their religious responsibilities.

Though sheep, considered a convenient sacrifice by most people have not arrived yet, there are plenty of bulls with the heftiest priced at around Rs 150,000 and cheaper ones starting from Rs 35,000.

Owners of herds coming in from places as far off as Mianwali, Burewala and Chichawatni, said that large flocks of sheep were on their way and their prices would range from Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000 while there might be some even more expensive ones.

But with the market at this location being set up for the first time, sellers did not seem too comfortable as they struggled to put up makeshift camps from old cloth and large sheets of polythene. “These will serve as shelters for us as well as the animals,” said Esab Khan of Mianwali, who regularly makes the trip to Islamabad each year.

Last year the market was established at Sabzi Mandi while it used to be set up in an open area in sector G-11 before that, two venues, which Esab thought, were better. “This place seems quite out of town.”

However for people like him Eidul Azha provides a good opportunity to reap the rewards for having raised their cattle. “It took me two and a half years to raise this herd,” he says pointing to his 10 bulls busy munching on their fodder. More of his animals are to arrive shortly.

“Last year I sold all the 55 animals I had but this time I hope to do even better by selling 80,” he says.

While Esab is hoping to do good business, so is Zafar Iqbal, a 32-year-old from Burewala. He has 44 bulls on show in his pen among them a brown Sahiwal specie carrying a price tag of Rs 110,000.

With the prices being quoted this year being high, the market still promises to be a scene of hectic activity in the days ahead. As always, there will be intensive bargaining between sellers and buyers … so let’s see hwo much you’ll pay for your bakra …. ;)

I’m still looking forward to see some camel qurbani :>

via Daily Times

2 Comments so far

  1. Abrar Ahmed (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Well, this time there is a new trend! has any one seen the banners reading…


    well Eid goes online this time..all we need to do is to select the bakra, enter credit card number and there will be home delivery!…
    as simple as that :)

  2. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    Lolz ya saw one today :> I was at to mention them here on IMB as well … thnx for reminder for E-Bakra :>

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