March 12, 2019
LAHORE - The Houbara Bustard Commission headed by Dr Pervez Hassan on Monday submitted a report and requested the Lahore High Court that the hunting of houbara bustard be banned till the next survey.
The Lahore High Court on Monday remarked that the issue of imposing a ban on the hunting of houbara bustard will be decided on April 6, the next date of hearing, and directed the government to file reply in the case.
The commission submitted that after survey of 2018 the houbara bustard specie is decreasing hence its hunting be banned till the final survey report.
Justice Shakilur Rehman Khan observed that if the federal government could file objections before the next date of hearing it can do so. The court adjourned the hearing till April 6 and observed that the court will make an order on the next date of hearing regarding imposition of ban on the hunting of the rare species. Sheraz Zaka Advocate and Kalim Illyas on behalf of petitioners submitted that houbara bustard is vulnerable specie. They submitted that the government be restrained from allowing hunting permits before the next survey to be held in November. They submitted that in the light of survey report houbara bustard is deteriorating and hence foreign dignitaries not be allowed to hunt.
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