Six Qataris, Iranian arrested for poaching in Balochistan

Wealthy hunting parties from the Gulf travel to Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province every winter to kill the houbara bustard using hunting falcons. (Reuters)
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Updated 10 December 2019

Six Qataris, Iranian arrested for poaching in Balochistan

  • The arrested Qatari nationals include four members of the royal family, officials say
  • Wildlife officials have also lodged an FIR against local agents

KARACHI: Pakistani authorities have arrested an Iranian and six Qatari nationals in Balochistan on illegal hunting charges, a wildlife official said on Tuesday.

The accused, including four members of Qatar’s royal family, were apprehended at the Galangoor check post in the Nushki area of southwestern Balochistan province.




An FIR lodged against six Qataris and one Iranian for illegal hunting in Nushki, Balochistan, Dec. 9, 2019. (Copy supplied)

Deputy Commissioner of Nushki, Abdul Razzaq, said the Qatari citizens were traveling without a no-objection certificate (NOC) and had been shifted to the district circuit house after the arrest.

“The wildlife officials took the foreigners into custody as they were found in the hunting area without permission,” an official of the Forest and Wildlife Department, told Arab News, adding the Qataris were first spotted in a four-star hotel in Quetta but told the authorities they had no plans to go for hunting.




An FIR lodged against six Qataris and one Iranian for illegal hunting in Nushki, Balochistan, Dec. 9, 2019. (Copy supplied)

“They were warned that hunting is not allowed without permission,” he said.

The official said the wildlife department kept a vigilant eye on the Qataris, sensing an illegal hunting attempt.




An FIR lodged against six Qataris and one Iranian for illegal hunting in Nushki, Balochistan, Dec. 9, 2019. (Copy supplied)

“The accused have been booked and investigations are being launched,” the official said.

According to official documents seen by Arab News, the accused include four members of the Qatari royal family: Abdullah Jassim M. A. Al-Thani, Ahmed Ali Kh. Al-Thani, Mohammad Mansoor M. J. Al-Thani, and Khalid Ali Kh. A. Al-Thani. The other two Qataris have been identified as Salim Hadban H. S. Alfasal and Salman Saed H. A. Al-Marri, whereas the Iranian citizen is Soaoud Jaberi.




An FIR lodged against six Qataris and one Iranian for illegal hunting in Nushki, Balochistan, Dec. 9, 2019. (Copy supplied)

The foreigners have been charged with violating the 2014 Balochistan Wildlife Protection Act. 

A separate FIR has been lodged against their local agents. According to the FIR registered with the Nushki Police, when wildlife official Ata-ur-Rehman arrived at the circuit house to interrogate the foreigners, their agents Arif Badini, Qasim Badini, and two unknown men assaulted him.




An FIR lodged against local agents for manhandling and attacking a wildlife official in Nushki, Balochistan, Dec. 9, 2019 . (Copy supplied)

A few months ago, two Qatari nationals were arrested for illegal hunting in the Chaghi district, also in Balochistan.

In December 2017, 12 people, including four Qatari nationals, were arrested for illegal hunting in Nushki.

According to the wildlife department, the provincial government has fixed a fee of $100,000 for hunting 100 houbara bustards, and $1,000 for hunting one falcon. Currently, permissions have been granted to 18 hunting parties from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar to hunt the houbara bustard and other fowl species.


Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

Updated 07 August 2020

Pakistan sends medicines, food items to Lebanon after deadly explosions

  • More than 150 people were killed and over 5,000 others were injured when a string of blasts rocked Beirut on August 4
  • FM Qureshi assured his Lebanese counterpart that the government and people of Pakistan stood in strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday sent medicines and food items to Lebanon after a string of deadly explosions ripped through Beirut earlier this week, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 5,000 others.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

According to an official statement released in Islamabad, the country’s foreign minister called his Lebanese counterpart and informed him about the relief assistance over the phone.
“Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation, informed his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe, that 8 tons of relief assistance consisting of medicines and food supplies sent by the Government of Pakistan as a token of solidarity would be delivered in Beirut today,” said the official statement.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

It added that Qureshi also expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, injuries to people, and extensive material damage caused by the explosions.
“The Foreign Minister underscored that, at this difficult time, Pakistan stood in strong support and solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people,” the statement said.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Lebanon Najeeb Durrani is handing over eight tons of relief items for the victims of Beirut explosions to senior Lebanese officials at the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Aug. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Pakistan Embassy in Beirut)

Meanwhile, authorities in Lebanon received the relief package on Friday afternoon.
“The relief goods were handed over to Deputy Chief of Protocol Mr. Salem Al Achkar from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and General Elias Abi Karam, Commander of Lebanon’s Air Force by Najeeb Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, today at 1530 at Rafic Hariri International Airport,” Pakistan’s embassy in Beirut confirmed in a statement.