As part of relief aid to the victims of earthquake in Nepal, Pakistan has reportedly sent ‘beef masala’ packages as part of its food aid to the earthquake survivors, which may erupt controversy in the majority-Hindu country, where cows are considered as sacred.
According to Indian doctors who are at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital has reportedly told Mail Today that packets of ‘beef masala’ were sent by Pakistan on Tuesday as part of relief aid to the quake survivors. Doctors from Delhi’s hospitals- Ram Monohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and All India Institute of Medical (AIIMS) are members of a 34 member medical team who went to Nepal for treating the survivors.
“When we reached the airport to collect the food items from Pakistan, we found packets of ready-to-eat meals, including packets of ‘beef masala’. There were other food items too,” Dr Balwinder Singh told the newspaper. The doctors further added they didn’t even touch the food packages and choose to have food from a hotel instead. “We did not touch the Pakistani aid,” Dr Balwinder added.
Another doctor said most of the local people are not aware of contents and when they understand, they avoid it. He added, “Pakistan has hurt Nepal’s religious sentiments by supplying the masala. Shockingly, it did not care about the sensitivity of the matter.”
A top Nepal government official said: “The matter has been conveyed to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and the intelligence chief. We are also starting an internal inquiry to verify the facts. If the report is correct, we will raise the matter at the diplomatic level with Pakistan. India, being our key partner, will also be informed of the developments.”
Meanwhile, Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson for Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, said he is not responsible for the dispatch. “I am not aware of the issue…I am not responsible for the dispatch. The relief aid is sent by the National Disaster Management Authority.”