Published: October 27, 2015
KARACHI: Stop issuing hunting permits to royal visitors from the Gulf countries and allowing them to hunt endangered birds, such as the houbara bustard.
A group of civil society activists, gathered under the banner of Mahol Dost Shehri, held a protest at DHA’s Khadda Market on Monday evening where they made these demands.
The protesters, holding brightly coloured placards written in Urdu, English and Arabic, demanded the federal government refrain from issuing permits to anyone from outside Pakistan. They asked the Foreign Office to stop giving illegal permits to kill endangered birds.
“These are rare birds and come to Pakistan as our guests,” said a protester, Faryal. “No one has any right to kill these birds in Pakistan,” she said, adding that giving permits to royal visitors shows that Pakistanis are weak. “Why are some people coming from outside Pakistan given permits?” asked a woman, who was reluctant to share her identity. “It is a wrong policy to permit some people to hunt birds on our land.”