Pakistan

PANJGUR – A convoy of houbara bustard hunters from United Arab Emirates came under attack in Guchak area of Panjgur on Monday.

Prince Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan was leading the convoy when it was attacked. However, he remained unhurt in the incident whereas two vehicles of the convoy were damaged.

The convoy was attacked by five motorcyclists who managed to surround the convoy but Frontier Corps personnel and other security men retaliated on time compelling assailants to flee the scene.

The area was later cordoned off and the convoy was taken to its camp.

Panjgur Assistant Commissioner Abdullah Khosa confirmed the incident.

According to Panjgur Deputy Commissioner Habibur Rehman Prince Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s convoy was on its way to hunt in Guchak area when it came under attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Scores of Emirati, Qatari and Saudi prince move to Pakistan in a bid to hunt internationally protected migratory bird, houbara bustard, in Balochistan and Punjab during the hunting season.

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

Although federal government did not ban the hunting of houbara bustards, 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 Wildlife Department for banning hunting of the precious migratory bird in the province.