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Houbara bustard ban

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ON Friday, the Supreme Court lifted the ban on hunting the houbara bustard, an activity that has been termed a ‘pillar’ of Pakistan’s foreign policy. However, conservationists need not despair completely, for if the state allows the sustainable hunting of the bird and prevents an all-out slaughter, the creature’s ‘vulnerable’ status on IUCN’s Red List […]

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Previous order set aside: Top court overturns ban on Houbara hunting

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ISLAMABAD: Setting aside its earlier judgment, the top court has lifted ban on the hunting of Houbara bustard, a game bird prized by hunters from the Gulf States who flock to Pakistan every winter. The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench, headed by former chief justice Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on August 19, 2015 imposed a complete […]

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Farmers say illegal hunting of bustards ruining crops

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BHAKKAR: Despite a ban by the Supreme Court on hunting of bustards, farmers in Bhakkar district claim that the Wildlife Department has been facilitating hunters in shooting down the protected birds in their area. They say that their crops were being damaged because of this and feared that they will not be compensated for the […]

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Order reserved on plea against hunting ban

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court reserved its order on Friday on the government’s review petition against a verdict banning the hunting of houbara bustards. A five-judge larger bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case. Advocate Syed Ali Zafar, who represented some people affected by the ban, withdrew their petition after a member […]

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Govt asks SC to allow ‘sustainable’ houbara hunting

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government concluded its arguments in the houbara bustard case on Wednesday, with the attorney general (AG) asking the Supreme Court to allow “sustainable hunting” of the bird. A five-judge larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali is hearing the federal and provincial governments’ review petition against […]

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Larger SC bench to hear review plea against Houbara hunting ban

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ISLAMABAD: The top judge has formed a five-member larger bench to hear the government’s review petition against the apex court’s decision to ban hunting of the endangered houbara bustard in Pakistan. The case will be taken up today (Wednesday). The Supreme Court chief justice will head the bench himself. The other members are justices Mian […]

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Protect our species: SHC orders authorities to stop illegal hunting of houbara bustard in Sujawal

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the provincial forest and wildlife departments to stop the illegal hunting of endangered species of birds, including the houbara bustard, falcons and ducks, in district Sujawal. Headed by SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, the division bench passed this direction while hearing a petition against illegal hunting […]

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CJ asked to constitute larger bench for case on houbara bustard hunting ban

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ISLAMABAD: Threat to vulnerable bird ‘houbara bustard’ from hunters, especially by foreign dignitaries, is serious enough for a larger bench of the Supreme Court to consider. On Thursday a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar referred the review petitions by federal, the Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan governments and by a number […]

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