Quetta: In a decision which is termed as great news by civil society, Balochistan High Court (BHC) has banned the hunting of Houbara Bustard in Balochistan, on Friday.
BHC ordered federal government to cancel the allotments of hunting permits to Arab royals in Balochistan.
BHC banned hunting of Houbara bustard based on the fact that it’s illegal according to International Wild Life Conservation Convention.
This decision was made by BHC during the hearing of petitions filed by two citizens of Balochistan namely; Muhammad Aslam Bhutani and Muhammad Saleem.
People of civil society of Balochistan have commended the decision and termed it as good news for the wildlife in Balochistan.
Former Senator, Sanaullah Baloch, has encouraged citizens of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to file petition against issue of illegal hunting permits to Arab Royals in their respective provinces.
Arab Royals from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar visit Balochistan during hunting season every year. These royals get stringent security and protocol from Balochistan government.
Prince Fahad bin Sultan, a Saudi price, hunted over 2,100 Houbara bustards during 3 weeks stay in Chagai.
According to sources, Federal government is contemplating to challenge the verdict of BHC in Supreme Court of Pakistan.
According to Political pundits, Nawaz Sharif is heavily indebted to Saudi Royals and He can’t afford to earn their displeasure.
Published in The Balochistan Point on November 28, 2014