QUETTA: Security forces arrested four Qatari princes and three local men from Pakistan’s border town of Nushki for illegal hunting.
The security forces confiscated four trained falcons, commonly used to hunt birds.
According to official sources, the men were making arrangements for hunting at time of arrest.
As winter begins, members of Arab royal families from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar arrive in Pakistan for hunting the endangered bird houbara bustard.
One of the man, whose nationality could not be established, sustained a gunshot injury after putting up resistance to security personnel. However, it is yet to be known whether he was injured by firing of his companions or the security personnel.
Earlier this year on February, 16 members of an entourage of the Emir of Qatar were arrested for breaking a barrier of a Levies checkpoint in Nushki district.
Official sources then said an advance party of the Emir of Qatar was enroute to Mashkeel to make arrangements for hunting the houbara bustard when it ignored Levies personnel’s signal to stop at their post for checking. The entourage reportedly tried to escape by breaking the Levies barrier.
“The arrested members of Emir of Qatar’s staff included three Bangladeshi nationals and 13 Pakistanis,” a senior administrator of Nushki district said.