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GWADAR: Qatari Prince Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Thani faced a bit of a hassle when he found out that he needed ‘clearance’ for hunting in the Hoshab and Balaktar areas in Kech district of Balochistan.

The prince had to call Prime Minister House and according to sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the issue immediately and ordered the provincial government to provide security to the prince and facilitate him, after which he reached Turbat with his staff and other members of the royal family on Tuesday.

The prince was received at the airport by Makran Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Bangloi and Deputy Commissioner Kech Yaqoob Mari. The royal entourage, which was protected by the Frontier Corps and other forces, moved towards Hoshab and Balaktar.

When he reached the camp, the prince was informed about the situation. Sources claimed that he said if the authorities did not want him to hunt in the area he could leave.

However, upon given the assurances that due security would be provided to him and other members of his entourage, he decided to stay.

He was accompanied by five Qataris, two Iranians, three Nepalese, two Omanis and some Pakistani citizens.

The political situation in Hoshab and Balaktar has been precarious for the last couple of years causing a large number of people to migrate from the region.

The Frontier Works Organisation which is working on the CPEC highways has also come under attack because of which security forces have arrested some suspects.

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2016


Comments (52) Closed



taha Dec 08, 2016 07:36am

you PM these birds are not ur domain. God have mecery on you.

Syed Dec 08, 2016 07:45am

How come their entourage has 2 iranians?

Umar Dec 08, 2016 08:03am

In the kingdom of Nawaz Sharif any thing goes ...by hook or by crook ...so much for democracy

Fazal_e_akbar Dec 08, 2016 08:05am

No wonder we have to pay for these gifts in many unbearable ways.

ISB Dec 08, 2016 08:11am

Please don't come to Pakistan if you're coming to kill wild birds.

Faiza Salman Dec 08, 2016 08:14am

All country resources are not ur disposal Mr. Sharif.

Optimistic Pakistani Dec 08, 2016 08:33am

Is he a king? Looks like.. vote for NS

Pakistani Dec 08, 2016 08:41am

hahaha well done Mr. PM

Mohsin Dec 08, 2016 08:42am

I think allowing them is no problem but they should also charge them with Breed & Development levy.

Rafique Dec 08, 2016 08:47am

Great Qatar can treat as their own Kingdom.

Vasan Dec 08, 2016 08:50am

Birds are universal property created by God!

May these be protected, rather than converted as properties in London and in NY.

May God save these free souls of the world, and protect environment.

Pragmatist Dec 08, 2016 09:19am

Why can't these rich Arabs eat lamb or chicken. Let our birds fly free.

Umair Ansari Dec 08, 2016 09:33am

It is the worst form of monarchy even worse than the kingdom.

In gulf, their citizens enjoy everything that expats and foreigners cannot. But in Pakistan, Foreigners enjoy amenities which even citizens cannot enjoy. I feel really pained for our people who are stuck with such rulers and still like and vote for them.

Raj Dec 08, 2016 09:40am

Houbara Bustard is an endangered species on the verge o extinct. I cannot imagine, how paksitani governemtn is issuing licence to a 'Foreigner' to hunt. Speaks volumes about the dupliciity of the government.

Jubeir Dec 08, 2016 09:46am

The nation should be grateful that such a tourism opportunity actually exists . This should be converted to a high end gaming resort and revenues should go towards breeding .

jyothi Dec 08, 2016 10:07am

Please don't kill these birds or any other living beings .Ultimately what those kings /Princes get other than mere pleasure of hunting .The mindsets of these people are still stuck in stone age

Ali muzaffar Dec 08, 2016 10:06am

I request our Supreme Court to take notice of this please , I am a hunter myself ( in Canada ) plz plz plz have some respect for protected species. How come foreigners are allowed to hunt but not locals

Mahmood Dec 08, 2016 10:15am

Appalling insensitivity and arrogance of the Qataris at a time, when the nation is mourning a tragic accident and loss of innocent lives. And instead of sympathy, they are concerned about hunting!??

M. Malik Dec 08, 2016 10:17am

A piece of advice to the Prince: Try getting a hunting license in Trump's America. See what kind of response you will get from the Americans.

Shakeel Ahmed Dec 08, 2016 10:23am

Excuse me PM, but why are you letting this happen to endangered species??

M. Malik Dec 08, 2016 10:26am

Disgraceful! A PM is scrambling to accommodate an Arab Prince to hunt rare birds in the country. Yet the PM has no time to visit the grieving families of the deceased in the PIA crash. That's the sense of convoluted priorities of these ignorant politicians.

NS could not suggest that the Prince could some other time for hunting, and not when the nation is in somber mood??

a Dec 08, 2016 10:40am

Innocent Birds are caught between powerful 'Prince Sheikh ' and ' Sir Nawaz '

May wise counsel prevail upon them ! SOS !!

syed zafar kazmI U.S Dec 08, 2016 10:59am

These Arabs treat even the government of Pakistan as 'Maskeen' including the PM and they are so damn right about it; why not!

ahmed Dec 08, 2016 10:58am

Have mercy on these poor birds, you "prince".

nuzhat shireen Dec 08, 2016 11:09am

PM is giving innocent birds as a gift to prince because he will help our PM in panamapaper scandal.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 08, 2016 11:23am

@Vasan Bless you heart for such kind words yaar. Couldn't have said it any better.

Truth Dec 08, 2016 11:43am

PM NS behaving as a royal. Never bound by law and constitution of the country. Supports his personal relationship more than anything else. What a mess!

Faisal Dec 08, 2016 11:50am

The price to pay for the Qatari letter. These so called rulers have no shame. We want truth. We want justice for all. We want equality for all. People of Pakistan are waking up to their inalienable rights

Satt Dec 08, 2016 11:54am

How Pakistan people tolerate all this somebody coming to their land and doing all this.

Mohsin Khan Dec 08, 2016 12:00pm

We have made Pakistan a shameless country because we are corrupt.

Nazir Dec 08, 2016 12:05pm

Such sick minds! Killing beautiful harmless birds!

The end is near Dec 08, 2016 12:17pm

Go back prince. Don't touch our birds.

iffi Dec 08, 2016 12:19pm

Democracy is taking revenge full-time .... People who support these corrupts should reconsider there options ....

Rizwan Dec 08, 2016 12:25pm

See how fast Nawaz Sharif takes notice and makes order

Rashid Nasim Dec 08, 2016 12:37pm

Only difference between Arab countries and us is that Arab countries have one King, King own the kingdom till he dies, In Pakistan we have two Kings Nawaz and Zardari and they take turns to own the Kingdome of Pakistan. God.

Rohail Dec 08, 2016 12:46pm

Americans and Europeans are better human beings. I wish and pray, Americans will promote and push democracy in these regions by hook or by crook as they did in Libya and Iraq.

Skeptic Dec 08, 2016 01:09pm

These ignorant Arabs have no sense of decorum or propriety. They are concerned about enjoying themselves, hunting rare birds in a country, which just had a national tragedy!~

I have nothing but utter contempt for these Royals, including the self-proclaimed 'Sir 'NS.

Hamid shafiq Dec 08, 2016 01:10pm

where is wildlife department?

Sajjad Dec 08, 2016 01:17pm

Mr. PM.. pakistan is neither for sale nor for rent.. this surely makes us to say that my country PM is corrupt.

Global Peace Dec 08, 2016 01:18pm

Funny it is killing bird & govt is earning out of it.

Truth Dec 08, 2016 01:24pm

Frankly, after reading this horror story, I feel like traveling to the Gulf, to hunt, with a high powered rifle. I won't need a permit to hunt for the species I will be targeting. They better learn to run fast or fly, before I get there!

Mohsin Khan Dec 08, 2016 01:55pm

It is clear we have become shameless as Pakistani and Pakistan as a country. Today we have nothing to sell except innocent birds. Are we heading to hell?

Mohsin Khan Dec 08, 2016 01:57pm

Not every Pakistani bothers what Arabs are doing in our country. We are lost in our personal problems. But Arabs receives all types of enjoyments, including killing helpless birds.

Zak Dec 08, 2016 02:00pm

Very good step.. After all He is our guest and must be taken care of..

Varuna MS Dec 08, 2016 02:04pm

Pakistan, Please don't allow them to hunt the birds.

Pakistani Dec 08, 2016 02:15pm

@Zak So why dont you try something like this in Qatar!? Do emphasize that you are their guest and see what happens!!!

Ali Asgar Dec 08, 2016 02:44pm

Such a poor mentality. Why they want to kill such beautiful Birds? World over they save/conserve birds and animals . If the wants to do target practice then there are so many Paintball facilities all around the world.

SAMIR RAHMAN (INDIA) Dec 08, 2016 02:44pm

is it legal to hunt in Pakistan? US has special areas and seasons when hunting game which are not threatened is allowed. In India it's completely banned in all National Parks (NP), Wildlife Santuarys (which used to be called Game Santuarys during British era) and Reserve Forest

Truth Dec 08, 2016 03:44pm

@Hamid shafiq What 'wildlife dept'?

In Pakistan - if there is one - it probably consists of just two people, and one cell phone, which is usually switched off,

Ahsan Gul Dec 09, 2016 01:38am

PM is put in this position by public and he must get authorization from assembly. He should not be making decisions on his own to grant hunting permits.

Sameer Dec 09, 2016 08:26am

@taha I couldnt agree more. Some men act as Gods and forget there is a time and place for everyone.

Babar Dec 10, 2016 02:18pm

The Prime Minister has to favour back in return obtaining the letter from them for is rescue but fears th public and opposition parties by giving a permission. So what is going to happen some sort of drama is going to be created for not issuing license/permit with the conclusion of drop scen, permit been given.