The Punjab Food Authority on Wednesday claimed to have recovered several kgs of pork being supplied to Lahore as well as different parts of the province.
In a raid carried out near the Lahore Railway station, the authority also arrested a suspect transporting the banned meat from Rawalpindi. The meat was found inside large drums loaded on a train.
“It is being supplied to Lahore and then it is further sent to chains and restaurants where edible food is prepared,” Ayesha Mumtaz, DG Operations of the Punjab Food Authority said.
The suspect said he was taking the meat to a factory in Sheikhpura where he believed they used it to produce some kind of chemical.
But Mumtaz claimed the suspect was a member of a gang involved in supplying pork meat to different restaurants and food chains of Lahore and surrounding areas for consumption. The food authority official said that the supply of the banned meat was being carried out illegally for a long time through trains.
She said that samples of the meat will be sent for DNA tests.
“We will carry out proper DNA testing of this meat and will take legal action against this suspect. We believe that this is an elaborate mafia, a chain and a vicious circle,” she said.
Consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam and strictly banned in Muslim-majority Pakistan.