Khan faces bird back­lash

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

An Arab prince has been granted a per­mit to hunt en­dan­gered birds with fal­cons in Pak­istan, prompt­ing wildlife groups to ac­cuse Im­ran Khan’s gov­ern­ment of back­track­ing on a pledge to pro­tect na­ture. A group of Qatari roy­als has paid a re­ported US$100,000 (NZ$146,000) to hunt the Houbara bus­tard, which mi­grates to Pak­istan each win­ter and is prized in the Mid­dle East, where its meat is be­lieved to be an aphro­disiac. When in op­po­si­tion, Khan was scathing when Pak­istan’s supreme court lifted a ban on hunt­ing the bird in 2016, after Sharif’s gov­ern­ment had com­plained that it risked dam­ag­ing re­la­tions with Arab states.

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