17 Nov

29 permits issued to Gulf states royal families for houbara bustard hunting

Bhagwandas in DAWN:

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 7.04.20 pmKARACHI: The federal government has issued at least 29 special permits to royal family members of the Gulf states — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, online the United Arab Emirates, thumb Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain — for hunting the internationally protected houbara bustard in Pakistan, it emerged on Saturday.

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24 Dec

Licence to kill

Editorial in Dawn:

Houbara BustardIT seemed that sanity would prevail this year but the end result was quite the opposite. It was earlier reported that no special permits had been awarded this time round for the annual slaughter of the houbara bustard, cost an endangered migratory bird that is ostensibly protected under Pakistani and international law. However, buy it now transpires that Arab dignitaries have been awarded at least 27 permits for their wintertime shooting spree in Pakistan.

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