Qatari Royals on Houbara Bustard hunting spree in Punjab

Observer Report

Lahore—A 12-member Qatari royal delegation went on a hunting spree for rare birds in Bhakkar district of Punjab, hours after their arrival in Lahore.
The delegation greeted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz, first went to Jati Umrah before going to Bhakkar to hunt Houbara Bustard.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature includes the bird on its ‘red list’ of threatened species, estimating there are fewer than 97,000 left globally.
According to sources, the delegation has 40 predatory birds. PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry defended the hunting expedition, saying there was nothing wrong in it. “The hunting of Houbara Bustard is in practice in Pakistan for decades,” he said.
PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry lamented that Pakistan was being treated like a banana republic by the ruling family.

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