Wildlife department officials on Tuesday seized nine falcons at Bacha Khan International Airport, during illegal transportation under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Act, 2015. It was stated that approximate price of the falcons was about Rs20 million.
According to a statement, the falcons owned by a Qatari prince, were shifted from Qatar to Peshawar through a resident of Kohat, who was arrested. However, the accused was released on payment of Rs300,000 as fine.
Earlier this year Pakistan has allowed shipment of 150 Shaheen falcons for Dubai’s ruler Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, despite a ban on the hunting of the endangered bird at home. Pakistan has placed a complete ban on the hunting of rare and migratory birds. Prime Minister Imran Khan has also barred the hunting of Shaheens in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
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