After devastation in the form of an earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, its citizens’ may be surprised to find packets of "beef masala" as part of the relief material sent across from Pakistan.
Nepal is the world’s only Hindu-state and according to an India Today report packets of "beef masala" were sent from Pakistan and could trigger diplomatic tension between the two SAARC countries. The Hindu religion forbids killing of cows and there is a blanket-ban on cow slaughter in the state.
Reportedly, Indian doctors who were present as part of the relief operations told the publication that “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'”.
One of the doctors’, on the condition of anonymity, told the reporter that most of the local residents weren’t aware of the meat being beef and would discard it on finding out. The report also mentions that the packets came from Nowshera Cantt in Pakistan.
A Nepal government official is also quoted as saying that “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”. He added that the matter had been conveyed to the Nepal PM Sushil Koirala and the intelligence chief.
Tasneem Aslam, spokesperson for Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs told the publication that he wasn’t aware of the packets and that they had been sent by National Disaster Management Authority.