Issuance of hunting permits  

QUETTA: It was commendable of the provincial government of Balochistan to ban hunting of birds and species of rare breed in the province. But the act didn’t last long. The federal government has contradicted the legislation and sent out invites to Arab dignitaries and foreign offices’ personnel to hunt the rare breed in the northwestern regions of Pakistan, which had once reached its extinction.

Previously, the Supreme Court had too placed a ban on the same in coordination with the national conservation policy. However, it later lifted up the ban after almost a year as the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan deems inviting officials from Gulf and Arab countries for hunting an integral part of its foreign policy towards those countries.

However, preserving our endangered species is as important as having cordial relations with other countries. As a result, it is important that the federal government maintains the ban and makes use of other foreign policy instruments to extend its courtesy towards foreign officials.

Irfanullah Ameen

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2018.

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