Bahraini king, other govt officials to hunt houbara bustard in Pakistan again

Haider Ali 11:12 AM | 23 Dec, 2017
Bahraini king, other govt officials to hunt houbara bustard in Pakistan again
ISLAMABAD - The federal government has given a go-ahead to dignitaries of Bahrain, including King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, to hunt migratory bird houbara bustard in Pakistan.

The special permits which were also issued last year for the same family, would allow the Bahraini King and five of his associates, prominent of those are king’s uncle, the commander-in-chief of armed forces, the interior minister and the king’s adviser on defence, to hunt the internationally protected houbara bustard during the season 2017-18.

The foreign ministry’s deputy chief of protocol (P&I) Naeem Iqbal Cheema issued the permits through a letter No: DCB (P&I) – 19/6/2017-18 (Allocations/Bahrain) and forwarded it to the Islamabad-based Embassy of Bahrain so that these could be dispatched to the hunters residing in the Gulf island.

"The ministry of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan presents its compliments to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Islamabad and has the honour to state that the Government of Pakistan has conveyed its recommendation to the authorities in the concerned province for the allocation of following area to Sheikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, for hunting houbara bustard in Tehsils Thano Bula Khan, Kotri, Manjhand and Sehwan of Jamshoro district for the season 2017-18," states the letter.

“The respective provincial government has also been requested to issue the necessary permit in this regard. The code of conduct for hunting season for 2017-18 is also attached.” it adds.

According to the letter, king’s uncle Sheikh Ebrahim bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa has been allocated Shah Bandar tehsil of Sindh’s Sujawal district.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, has been allocated Toisar tehsil of Musakhel district in Balochistan.

The King’s Adviser on Defence, Sheikh Abdullah bin Salman Al-Khalifa, has been allocated Jati tehsil of Sujawal district.

Bahrain’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa has been allocated Jaffarabad district in Balochistan.

Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling family, has been allocated Malir district (excluding Malir Cantonment) in Sindh, Dawn News reported.

According to the code of conduct, which is frequently violated, a hunter can hunt 100 houbara bustards within a period of 10 days between Nov 1, 2017 and Jan 31, 2018 but through falconry only without using firearms.

The permit is person-specific and only notified hunter is allowed to hunt.

Besides, trapping, netting and taking of live houbara bustards, their eggs and chicks from their habitat and the bird’s trans-boundary export are also prohibited.

The Internationally migrated Houbara bustards migrate in thousands from Central Asia to Pakistan every winter, giving the Pakistani elite a chance to engage in “soft diplomacy”, as special permits are issued every year in order to allow affluent sheikhs to hunt the bird. This is in spite of the fact that houbara bustard hunting is officially banned in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz-led federal government had also released Rs. 250 million for a ‘Houbara Bustard and Migratory Birds Endowment Fund’ upon the directions of the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016.


Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 6, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 06, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 304.9 308.15
Euro EUR 322 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 377 381
U.A.E Dirham AED 83.5 84.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 80.5 81.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.82 766.80
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.2 934.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.37
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 6, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125


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