Islamabad: On Monday a senior government official revealed to members of National Assembly committee that the most of imported food items present in Pakistan market contains ‘Haram’forbidden in Islam) ingredients in it.
The additional Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mian Ijaz revealed a list of harm items being sold in Pakistani market. The list consists of 19 such items. He also said that ministry has no authority to stop sale of such products.
It is also revealed that 67 percent of imported food items in Pakistani market are haram.
Products highlighted as haram are as follows: Chicken Tonight, Bubblicios, Pascual Yogokids, Skittle Fruit jar, Skittle Fruit 55g, Skittle Fruit 15p, Picnic Chicken, Slima soup, Knorr Chicken Soup, Cup a soup, Tulip Chicken, Rice Chicken Broccoli, Pasta Chicken Broccoli, Pasta Creamy Chicken, Heinz Dinner Chicken, Fruit Cocktails, Yupi Footballs, Gummi Pizza, Strawberry Leaf, Jell-O and Pop Trats and these items were imported from Holland, UK, Spain, France, Denmark, USA and England.
The NA speaker, Ayaz Sadiq had referred the matter to committee after the JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, had called upon the government to ban such items.
Ministry’s official had been called by the National Assembly’s standing committee on Science and Technology led by Tariq Bashir Cheema of PML-Q, for briefing on the notice moved by JUI-F MNA Shahida Akhtar in November last year about, ” the sale and purchase of prohibited edible items in the country”.