The arid and semi-arid landscapes of Balochistan host a variety of rare animals and birds housed in the Hingol National Park and Hazarganji-Chiltan National Park. Hingol National Park, located on the coast of Makran and near the Princess of Hope, is the biggest park of Pakistan that is globally significant due to its ecosystems that are amazingly diverse. The said destination is also a winter habitat for the migratory birds. The park remains interesting for tourists as well.
The forest department is formed to save the wildlife and restrict any activity that goes against forestry laws. However, it is a matter of grievance that despite the presence of the forest department there is a large number of hunting in the park and in some mountains of Makran where some rare species are prone to vanishing. Houbara Bustards and Urials are the center of attention for local hunters who manage to enter the Hingol National Park and hunt them down for picnic.
The officials seem either off guard, afraid or maybe enjoying some bribe but the higher management should not be weary in stopping the encroachments. This wondrous piece of land, with its eye-catching species and landscape, is an important heritage and therefore deserves sensitive care and safety.
Feroz Yasin – Kech
Published in The Balochistan Point on November 14, 2015
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