Saudi prince arrives in Pakistan to hunt endangered bustard

Islamabad: A prince of Saudi Arabia’s royal family has arrived in Pakistan's Balochistan province to hunt the Houbara bustard, days after the country’s Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting of the endangered bird.

The Houbara bustard. Pic/AFP
The Houbara bustard. Pic/AFP

Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, who is also the governor of Tabuk province in Saudi, arrived in his special flight at the Dalbandin airport.

The prince visits Dalbandin and other areas of the Chaghi district every year for hunting of the endangered species in the months of December and January.

The visit by the prince is apparently the first after the Supreme Court recently lifted the ban on hunting of Houbara bustard on January 22.

The ban on the Houbara bustard, about the size of a chicken, was imposed by former Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on August 20 last year. Khawaja also ordered the cancellation of all existing permits issued by government to Arab rulers.

The federal and provincial governments in October had challenged the ban, pleading that sustainable hunting should be allowed.

A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali lifted the ban in a verdict on the review petitions.

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