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  • BHC orders protection of the houbara bustard

    QUETTA: Balochistan High Court (BHC) has ordered the Balochistan government to evolve a mechanism for the protection of the houbara bustards in the province...

    The court had declared the hunting of houbara bustard as illegal last year and directed the provincial and federal governments to cancel allotments for hunting...

  • Four Arabs among eight arrested for illegal hunting of houbara bustard

    QUETTA: Eight people, including four Arab nationals and a senior district council official, have been arrested for being involved in illegal hunting of migrating houbara bustard birds in an area near the Pak-Afghan border in Nushki district...

    The sources said that the arrested men were going for illegal hunting of houbara bustard because they had no permit from the government for it...

  • ‘Qataris among foreigners issued houbara hunting permits’

    KARACHI: The federal government had issued at least 13 permits to foreigners to hunt the migratory houbara bustard in the province during hunting season 2016/17, said Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro on Tuesday...

    Responding to a question by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional legislator Nusrat Abbasi, the minister said that earlier the Sindh High Court in a constitutional petition (D 5806) of 2014 challenging a...

  • Hunting houbara: Royal kidnap casts spotlight on Gulf 'sport of kings'

    DOHA: Every year the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac, migrates from Central Asia to the far reaches of Pakistan and Iraq in search of a mild climate and a place to breed...

    But critics say that hunting with falcons, a practice Arab nomads used to survive life in the desert, is today a reckless hobby that threatens the houbara, a dwindling species, and funnels money into areas...

  • Houbara conservation plan

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Army and nongovernmental organisation Houbara Foundation International Pakistan (HFIP) dispersed seeds of arid zone plants over the Cholistan Desert through aircraft on Friday morning...

    This is the annual programme being conducted jointly by the army and the HFIP, which works for the conservation of the wildlife particularly the houbara bustard for the past 19 years, a HFIP statement says...

  • Govt stopped from issuing hunting licences for houbara bustard

    ISLAMABAD: Issuing a detailed judgment in the houbara bustard case, a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Jawwad S...

    The notification had taken away the protected status of the houbara bustard and permitted its hunting; stipulating that: “The hunting of houbara bustard would be allowed only with a special permit supported with a letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs for allocation of an area......

  • SC upholds petition seeking ban on houbara hunting, issuance of permits, licences

    The petition recalled that Pakistan had imposed a permanent ban on the hunting of houbara bustards under the Third Schedule of the Pakistan Wildlife Ordinance 1971, after declaring the species a protected bird...

    The houbara bustard is listed in the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, also known as the Bonn Convention, and its irrationally brutal hunting in its winter habitats is highly objectionable, especially because...

  • SC accepts plea against houbara bustard hunting

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court accepted on Wednesday a petition moved to seek cancellation of hunting licences and permits issued to VIPs and Arab royals that threaten the extinction of vulnerable birds like ‘houbara bustard’...

    Pakistan’s soil is regarded as an attractive wintering ground and milieu for the migratory birds which is also an attractive destination for hunters every year at the onset of winter...

  • The houbara: Dodging extinction

    The decision was immediately applauded by local conservationists who have been fighting a long (and often uphill) battle to restrict the hunting of endangered birds (especially the houbara bustard), by (mainly) Arab hunters...

    The houbara species found in Pakistan is officially known as MacQueen's Bustard, or Asian Bustard...

  • Saving the houbara

    THE Supreme Court’s decision to ban hunting of the houbara bustard is the right step which should ideally have come much earlier, and without opposition from any quarters in the country...

    Also read: SC upholds petition seeking ban on houbara hunting, issuance of permits, licencesSome, like the Balochistan government and an individual petitioner, still felt the need to oppose a ban on hunting the houbara...

  • Rangers seize four houbara bustards in Karachi

    KARACHI: Four houbara bustards were seized by Rangers personnel during checking of an intercity bus in the Mochko area on Monday...

    According to Mr Khan, it is the first seizure of houbara bustards this year which has seen confiscation of over 60 falcons during the same period in different parts of the province...

  • Saving houbara

    Apropos your editorial ‘Saving the houbara’ (Aug 21)...

    The houbara, along with many species of waterfowl, migrate every year from Siberia to spend the winter in the wetlands of South Asia...

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