KARACHI – At least 70 falcons detained by the Customs in a seaside metropolis died around four months ago while their bodies have been kept in the mortuary freezer as judicial property.
Around six dozen fast-flying birds, which were seized by an anti-smuggling branch of the customs department in 2021, have reportedly died in the custody.
Karachi Customs Deputy Commissioner told a local news outlet that the officials recovered 75 falcons and a case was lodged in 2021. He added that special arrangements were made under the care of the Falcon Association of Pakistan, but 70 of them have succumbed while only five are alive and are said to be in critical condition.
Customs officials also recovered the Houbara bustard during raids in DHA and Gizri areas, claiming to have foiled a bid to smuggle the birds abroad.
Experts suggest that the survival of these birds are low in a city like Karachi therefore, they should be relocated to a place with the suitable weather condition. Officials also claimed that British experts were called to save the endangered species after their health deteriorated.
The rare species were reportedly sold at an enormously high rate in the UAE and other Arab countries. According to an estimate, the price of dead flacons was around Rs210 million.
It also added that the falcons migrated to South Asian country from Siberia. Extreme weather in Siberia forces many species of birds to leave their home in search of moderate weather which they find in Pakistan and neighbouring countries.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|