SC bans houbara hunt­ing, is­suance of per­mits, li­cences

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wed­nes­day up­held a pe­ti­tion seek­ing a ban on the is­suance of per­mits and li­cences for the hunt­ing of en­dan­gered birds and also or­dered the can­cel­la­tion of all ex­ist­ing per­mits in this re­gard.

A three-mem­ber bench headed by SC Chief Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Jus­tice Dost Muham­mad Khan and Jus­tice Qazi Faez Isa, up­held a pe­ti­tion filed by Ad­vo­cate Raja Muham­mad Fa­rooq on be­half of Aamir Za­hoor-ul-Haq, said the short or­der of the judge­ment.

The bench dis­missed all other pe­ti­tions op­pos­ing Za­hoor-ul-Haq's pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-Fazl pro­vin­cial deputy chief Sen­a­tor Maulana At­taur Rehman of the Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment. The el­der from Balochis­tan was of the view that per­mit­ting for­eign dig­ni­taries to hunt the bird brought pros­per­ity and wel­fare not only to the peo­ple, but also the province.

"The dig­ni­taries who come to hunt the bird have not only es­tab­lished cer­tain projects but are also pay­ing Rs10 mil­lion for hunt­ing 50 birds in sea­son," At­taur Rehman had said through his coun­sel, Ad­vo­cate Ad­nan Bhasharat­ul­lah, adding that the province earned ap­prox­i­mately Rs2 bil­lion ev­ery hunt­ing sea­son. Aamir Za­hoorul-Haq's pe­ti­tion re­quested the court to re­strain the for­eign af­fairs min­istry and the wildlife depart­ment from is­su­ing per­mits and li­cences for hunt­ing of the en­dan­gered birds.

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