Pak Permits Qatari Emir, 9 Royal Members To Hunt Endangered Birds: Report

Looking of endangered houbara bustard is used as a overseas coverage instrument by the Pakistan authorities. (File)


Pakistan has issued particular permits to the Emir of Qatar and 9 different members of the royal household to hunt endangered fowl species houbara bustards, amidst rising criticism within the nation towards the transfer, based on a media report in the present day.

The allotted looking areas are unfold over Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces. The hunters can hunt 100 houbara bustards in a 10-day safari in the course of the three-month looking season between November 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. The allow is person-specific, the Daybreak Information reported.

Quoting sources, the report mentioned the permits have been issued for the 2019-20 looking season by the overseas ministry’s deputy chief of protocol, Mohammad Adeel Pervaiz. The allow holders are Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, his uncle, brother and 7 different royal dignitaries of the oil-rich Gulf nation.

The permits are issued yearly to members of the royal households of the Gulf international locations, regardless of rising criticism in Pakistan towards the transfer, it mentioned.

Initially an inhabitant of the colder central Asian area, the houbara bustard, as a way to keep away from harsh climate circumstances, migrates southwards yearly to spend the winter in a comparatively heat setting in Pakistan.

Within the wake of its dwindling inhabitants, the migratory fowl is just not solely protected below numerous worldwide nature conservation treaties, its looking can be banned below native wildlife safety legal guidelines. Pakistanis are usually not allowed to hunt this fowl.

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Nevertheless, the looking of houbara bustard is used as a overseas coverage instrument by the Pakistan authorities, which permits influential nationals of the Arabian Gulf nations to hunt the fowl for a price ticket of USD 100,000, the Ary Information reported.