Prime Minister Imran Khan, who previously opposed such permits for members of the Arab royal family, this time personally approved the special pass, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The Pakistani government has issued at least seven special permits to the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and six other members of the ruling family, to hunt the houbara bustard, an internationally protected bird during the season of hunt 2020-2021, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who previously opposed such permits for members of the Arab royal family, this time personally approved the special pass, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The deputy chief of protocol at the Foreign Ministry released the documents after the prime minister’s approval, the daily reported citing sources. The permits were issued at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad.

Besides the ruler of Dubai Rashid Al-Maktoum, the other licensees are the crown prince, the deputy ruler and the minister of finance and industries, the deputy chief of police, an official of the army, two other members. of the royal family and a businessman.

Khan, while in opposition, campaigned against such hunting trips by wealthy Arab families, who visit Pakistan every year to hunt the endangered bird.

A Saudi prince, Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, reportedly slaughtered 1,977 birds in reserved and protected areas for 21 days in January 2014, while other members of his party killed 123 more birds, bringing the total to 2,100 .

The murder has attracted much criticism, but the practice continues. The meat of the bird is considered by the Arabs to be an aphrodisiac.

You hit your free item limit this month.

Membership benefits include

Today’s paper

Find a mobile version of daily newspaper articles in an easy-to-read list.

Unlimited access

Enjoy reading as many articles as you want without any limitations.

Personalized recommendations

A shortlist of items that match your interests and tastes.

Faster pages

Switch easily from one article to another, because our pages load instantly

Dashboard

A one-stop shop to see the latest updates and manage your preferences.

Report

We keep you informed of the most recent and important developments, three times a day.

Support quality journalism.

* Our digital subscription plans currently do not include e-paper, crossword puzzles, and printing.

.