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    How shameful is this !!

    Pakistan seems willing to offer itself to its benefactors in return for the crumbs they give .

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    QUETTA: Saudi region Tabuk’s Governor Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrived in Dalbandin by a special plane along with his entourage on Wednesday for hunting endangered bird houbara bustard in Chagai desert.

    The Saudi ambassador, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Balochistan Minister for Sports and Culture Mujibur Rehman Muhammad Hasni, MPA Sakhi Jan Notezai, Quetta Commissioner Qambar Dashti, Chagai District Council Chairman Mir Daud Khan Notezai and senior officials welcomed him at airport.

    His convoy, escorted by security personnel, left the airport for his hunting camp in Bar Tagzi, about 35km off Dalbandin. Personnel of law-enforcement agencies, including the Frontier Corps, police and Levies, were deployed for security of the Saudi prince.

    A division bench of the Balochistan High Court had banned hunting of houbara bustard in the province and ordered cancellation of all permits issued for the purpose.

    Chagai Divisional Forest Officer Saifullah Zehri said hunting of houbara bustard and other endangered species of birds was illegal. He said the court had issued the order on an application filed by former speaker of Balochistan Assembly Mohammad Aslam Bhootani.

    The official said the forest department had not given permission for hunting and it was looking into the issue.

    Published in Dawn, February 5th, 2015
     
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    Can't they get a stay on this hunting or it doesnt matter ?

    Balochistan govt challenges ban on hunting Houbara Bustards as Saudi prince arrives – The Express Tribune

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    QUETTA: A day after a Saudi prince arrived in Balochistan to hunt Houbara Bustards, the provincial government on Thursday challenged orders of the Balochistan High Court in the Supreme Court (SC) which banned hunting of the rare birds, a senior official of the Balochistan government told The Express Tribune.

    According to an official of the Balochistan government, the Forest Department of Balochistan filed the petition in the SC challenging the BHC’s orders to cancel allotments to Arab dignitaries, as well as a ban on hunting Houbara bustards.

    Secretary Forest Department Balochistan, Khuda-e-Rahem, thogugh, refused to comment on the issue maintaining that the matter is sub-judice.

    In November, 2014, the high court had cancelled permits granted to foreigners — including Arab royals – for hunting the rare birds. All allotments of areas to the royal families for hunting were cancelled by the court.

    Saudi prince starts hunting

    On Wednesday, the Saudi governor for Tabuk Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrived at the Dalbandin Airport in Chagai district on a special plane. He was received by Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Provincial Minister Mujeebur Rehman Mohammed Hassani and MPA Amanullah Notezai before being driven to his camp in Ek Mach.

    According to sources in the Forest Department, the Saudi Prince started hunting in the Ek Mach desert on Thursday morning.

    “He had started hunting in Gutt Game Century in the Ek Mach area of Chagai,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

    Most officials in Balochistan refused to give details as to why the Saudi Prince was allowed to hunt the rare bird despite orders from the high court.

    Last year, a prince hunted as many as 2,100 Houbara Bustards contrary to the terms of his license which allows 100 Bustards during a ten day trip.

    In that season, as many as 29 Arab dignitaries were allowed to hunt in different parts of Balochistan by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    The Houbara Bustard have been included in the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Arab princes have been hunting in the Chagai district for at least four decades now.