While thousands of people in Nepal are in desperate want for food after the catastrophic earthquake that hit last Saturday, Pakistan decided to send ready to eat food packets as food aid, however, the people of Nepal rejected it because it contained ‘beef masala’.
The packets sent by Pakistan have remained untouched in the said Hindu country, which treats cows as sacred beings. There is a blanket ban on slaughter of cows that could lead to a punishment of 12 years behind bars. This step of ‘aid’ by Pakistan is being considered insensitive by many, others are considering it as an act of mischief.
A team of Indian doctors first discovered the contents of the Pakistani food aid and alerted the officials. The report also said that the issue may lead to a diplomatic row between Nepal and Pakistan.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has condemned the act and doubted Pakistan’s intention behind sending beef in the food aid packets to a Hindu-majority country. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has also criticised the act and called it highly insensitive. Although, Pak PMO has issued a statement stating that the food packages were sent for the non-Hindu community in Nepal.
A press note on the website of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan, states:
The National Disaster Management Authority has dispatched the second of two sorties of C-130 aircrafts on April 28 in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan Air Force. The relief goods include 250 tents, 200 food packs (2.6 tonne), 1,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), 1,000 blankets and 33 cartons of medicines. These relief goods have been provided from NDMA stocks….”
According to the UN, the catastrophic earthquake has impacted around eight million in 39 districts, of which over two million live in 11 most severely affected districts. The death toll in quake has crossed 6,000, with over 10,000 injured. Hence, there are over 10,000 people who needs to be fed, but with NO BEEF MASALA.
In times like this, when the nation is in dire need of aid, there’s been a lot of people asking if it sends the wrong message to reject potentially life-saving disaster relief, even if it upsets some religious sensibilities. What do you think?
via DNA India