A special permit has been issued by the federal government to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to export rare falcons from Pakistan. 200 rare falcons will exported to Qatar during the 2019-20 hunting season.
The falcons that are of extremely rare species, Saker and Peregrine are used to hunt the globally protected houbara bustard during winters in Pakistan. The oil-rich Arab hunter has a large number of falcons in order to pursue their houbara bustard hunting.
Falcon’s age with time, thus hunters have to change their aging falcons with younger ones. They can hunt houbara bustard effectively. Thus, Qatar requested for the export permit and it was issued by Pakistan.
During winter season falcons, those that are residents of colder central Asian region follow migratory birds southwards.
Due to the declining population of falcons, the trapping and trading of falcon species are banned.
According to the sources by issuing permits for falcon export the government is promoting and patronizing the underground black wildlife market as falcons could not be trapped, sold and purchased here legally. The only way falcons were exported was by purchasing it from traders who deal with wildlife illegally.
The Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Chief of protocol Mohammad Adeel Pervaiz issued the export permit No: DCP (P&I)—18/6/2019-20 Falcons / Qatar. The permit said that Pakistan might export 200 falcons to Qatar for the personal use of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.