Saudi governor Prince Fahd bin Sultan lands in Chagai for hunting Houbara bustard

01:52 PM | 10 Jan, 2017
Saudi governor Prince Fahd bin Sultan lands in Chagai for hunting Houbara bustard
ISLAMABAD - The Governor of Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia, Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, landed in Dalbandin, the headquarters of Chagai district, in his special plane on Monday for hunting the migratory Houbara bustard.

The Saudi governor was received by Saudi Ambassador Ab­dullah Marzouk Al Za­hr­ani, Balochistan Chief Minister’s Adviser on Forests and Wildlife Obaidullah Babit, Adviser on Excise and Taxation Amanullah Notezai, Adviser on Indus­tries Muhammad Khan Lehri, Home Secretary Dr Akbar Harifal and Chagai Deputy Commissioner Shahik Baloch.

Later, the governor of Tabuk headed to the dedicated area allotted to him for hunting houbara bustard along with his staff and other officials. Heavy contingents of the Frontier Corps, police and law enforcement officials ensured safety and did not permit anyone to enter the dedicated area.

The personal staff and security personnel of Saudi dignitary arrived in Quetta on Sunday and later left for the area selected for him in Chagai district.

According to sources, the governor, during his stay in the area, will also visit development schemes launched with Saudi funds.

Chief Minister’s Adviser on Forests and Wildlife Mr Babit told newsmen in Dalbandin that he had received the visiting Saudi prince on behalf of Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri.

He said he had requested the Saudi ambassador to launch development projects in the area. The ambassador said the Balochistan government should officially write to his embassy in this regard.

“I will write a letter to the Saudi ambassador from my ministry and request him to launch more development schemes in Dalbandin,” the adviser said.

The foreign affairs ministry has issued special permits to several Arab dignitaries, including members of the royal families of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for hunting the houbara bustard in various areas of Balochistan and Punjab.

The federal government, a few weeks back also released Rs. 250 million for a ‘Houbara Bustard and Migratory Birds Endowment Fund’ upon the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to increase the population of migratory birds in the country.

Residents of colder Central Asian regions, houbara bustards migrate every year to spend winters in a relatively warmer environment like Pakistan.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has imposed a ban on hunting of houbara bustard in the province.

Following the directives of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak issued directions to the Wildlife Department to ban hunting of the endangered bird in the province.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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