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Flouting ban, Arabs hunting rare birds in Nimroz

Flouting ban, Arabs hunting rare birds in Nimroz

Jan 13, 2015 - 14:39

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A senior environmentinfo-icon protection official in southwestern Nimroz province on Tuesday said a group of Arab tourists was hunting rare birds in the region.

Environment Protection Director Mohammad Jafar told Pajhwok Afghan News hunting rare birds was prohibited under an agreement with the United Nations.

“We cannot prevent them from hunting such fowls because we have no support from security forces; we have shared the issue with the central governance,” he said.

A local security official, who wished not to be named, said the Qataris had entered Zaranj, the provincial capital, along with 20 eagles and wanted to hunt highly valued birds in Chahar Burjak district.

The hunters had security guards who did not allow anyone to take their photos, the source said. Some of rare birds could be found in Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, he added.

Resident Gul Ahmad claimed seeing a number of Arabs travelling in Surf vehicles from the airport to Ansari area. “Foreigners do everything they want to. We want the government not to allow them here.”

Deputy Governor Qasim Khadri confirmed some Arabs had entered the province but said they had gone to Helmand from Nimroz.

Last year, a number of Arabs came for hunting uncommon birds in the Chahar Burjak district of Nimroz and Farah province. They faced a harsh reaction from residents and officials.

Some Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members had previously criticised hunting of endangered birds. NDSinfo-icon and Ministry of Interior were subsequently ordered to prevent the hunting in all parts of the country.



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