— Dawn
— Dawn

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A net installed by a fish contractor in the Indus river killed an Indus dolphin near Taunsa Barrage.

The blind dolphin, a rare marine mammal, is an endangered species living in the Indus.

Allah Bakhsh Chandia, the president of a non-government organisation working for conservation of marine life in the Indus, found the dolphin dead near the barrage.

In a video clip, he alleged that the men deputed by the contractor had installed a net and used electric current in the water that had killed the blind dolphin.

He alleged that the officials of the wildlife and fisheries department as well international organisations had failed to protect the endangered fish species.

When this scribe contacted Dera Ghazi Khan Wildlife Deputy Director Naveed Tariq, he was not aware of the incident but claimed to inquire into the matter.

WWF representative Munawwar Abbas deputed at Taunsa Barrage told Dawn that the cause of death of the Indus dolphin was the net installed for catching fish.

Former member of WWF Umer Waqas said the mortality rate of blind dolphin between the Guddu and Taunsa barrages was five to six per year but a majority of cases of killing of blind dolphin remained unreported.

According to surveys conducted by different organisations, the population of Indus dolphin varied from 800 to 1,400.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2021



Imran’s lesson
Updated 15 May, 2022

Imran’s lesson

Patronage of the security and intelligence apparatus exacts a heavy price and almost never delivers any long-term dividends.
15 May, 2022

Small mercies

AT a time when Pakistan is getting closer to the brink with its foreign currency reserves dropping to just around...
15 May, 2022

Child sexual abuse

IT is interesting that despite the strictures of society and political leaders on community evils, there is little...
Updated 14 May, 2022

Severe water crisis

The current situation is just another reminder that Pakistan may become the most water-stressed nation in the region by 2040.
Updated 14 May, 2022

Yasin Malik’s trial

Muslim bloc needs to do more to press home the point to India that its brutal policies in occupied Kashmir are unacceptable.
Updated 14 May, 2022

Fake markers

RECENT reports reveal that the two children in KP who had contracted polio this year, had fake marks on their hands....