The federal government of Pakistan has issued a special permit to the ruler of Dubai, allowing export of 25 rare falcons and endangered species from Pakistan to the UAE in breaching of wildlife protection laws on nature securing.
In the light of respected sources, by permitting Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the foreign ministry has put at risk the Generalised System of Preferences status given to Pakistan by the European Union.
As stated the sources, Arab huntsmen employed the rare migratory falcons to hunt worldwide internationally preserved houbara whose meat is taken to be aphrodisiac.
This is the second of the type export permit issued by the government during the current season. The previous one was issued couple of days ago to Saudi Prince Fahd, who is Governor of Tabuk province. It was he who attracted worldwide attention previous years after news about his hunting at least 2,100 houbara bustards in Balochistan’s Chagai district appeared in the media.
Under the fresh permit, 25 falcons may be exported from Karachi, Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan airports for Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The sources further added saying although Pakistan was signatory to the convention on international trade in endangered species of fauna and flora that checked worldwide travel of wildlife species, it did not ask for any permission from, or pass on any information to, the Switzerland-based body on the trans-boundary movement of falcons permitted by it between Pakistan and the countries in the Arabian Peninsula.