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Supreme Court lifts ban on houbara bustard hunting

ISLAMABAD: Five-member larger bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Friday lifted the ban on houbara bustard hunting, TheNewsTribe.com reported. A five-member larger bench of the apex court announced the verdict on the review petitions filed against the ban imposed by a three-member bench of the apex court.

The court approved review petitions of the federal and provincial government. The decision was favoured by four out of five judges of the larger bench.

Justice Qazi Faiz Essa wrote a dissenting note, opposing the decision. The apex court in its verdict today declared that there are loopholes in the verdict of three-judge bench announced on 19 August 2015.

In August last year, a three-member bench headed by former chief justice Jawwad S. Khawaja imposed a ban on the hunting of endangered birds and ordered the cancellation of all existing permits issued by the government.

It is important to mention here that large number Arab Shiekhs paid visit to Pakistan for the hunting of  houbara bustard.