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Houbara Bustard: Balochistan Government has challenged ban in Supreme Court

Quetta – Balochistan government has challenged the verdict of Balochistan high court (BHC) regarding ban on hunting of Houbara bustard, in Supreme Court, reported Dawn Newspaper.

Balochistan government had, earlier, issued 28 hunting permits to Arab royals and BHC canceled all the permits and banned hunting of Houbara bustard in Balochistan.

The decision of BHC was viewed as a positive step by members of civil society who are concerned about meddling of Arabs in affairs of Pakistan.

Houbara bustard is also an endangered species and BHC verdict was therefore supported by wildlife activists as well.

The verdict of BHC was never implemented by the Balochistan government. Arab royals hunted the poor Houbara bustard after the verdict of BHC in Districts of Musakhel, Panjgur and most recently Chagai.

Governor of Tabuk, Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz reached Chagai district with his entourage yesterday. He was provided VIP protocol and received by provincial ministers at Dalbandin airport.

Former Senator Sanaullah Baloch described the reason why Saudi Arabs get VIP protocol and permission for hunting so easily in Pakistan. He tweeted, “Arab Royals offer 100s of free Hajj, funds for Madrashas & luxurious Gifts & Car including cash to top officials in Quetta & Islamabad.”

“By challenging the BHC verdict in Supreme Court, Balochistan government has once again proved that it’s powerless and it can’t take a stand on interests of Balochistan,” said an analyst while talking to The Balochistan Point.

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Published in The Balochistan Point on February 5, 2015

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