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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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Deer hunter fined

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UMERKOT: A man who hunted a deer in Jumoo Samoo, a border village of Umerkot district, was arrested by Rangers personnel and handed over to wildlife department officials here on Friday evening. He was fined Rs20,000 and released on Saturday. Atta Muhammad Samoo of Jumoo Samoo village shot dead the female deer. As Rangers personnel […]

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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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Seized falcons released into wild, importer fined

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KARACHI: After three days in captivity, the five falcons recently confiscated at the airport for being illegally imported from Dubai to Karachi were released on Wednesday in the Khirthar National Park near the Khar Centre in the presence of customs and wildlife department officials. The delay in the birds’ release in the wild reportedly occurred […]

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How bird hunters turned to wildlife conservation

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THATTA: Amid the ruthless hunting that goes on unabated in and around the Keenjhar lake –– a major wintering ground for a wide array of waterfowl –– some birds have found a sanctuary where they can fly, search for food and nest without any fear of being hunted by humans. This is all thanks to […]

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Five falcons seized at airport

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KARACHI: Five falcons being imported illegally from Dubai to Karachi were confiscated by the customs authorities at the airport on Sunday. The importer identified as Lal Mohammed was also arrested. “The importer didn’t have proper documents to bring the birds,” said deputy director of customs Dr Ali Raza. According to Mr Raza, falcons are not […]

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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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Farewell city life: Pangolin released back into the wild

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KARACHI: An Indian pangolin caught near Islamia College last week was released back into the wild on Tuesday, along with 53 black pond turtles rescued from different areas of the city last month. Officials of Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) and World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) released the pangolin in Khar centre of Khirthar National […]

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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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