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Wildlife rescue force to be set up, says Marriyum

By Our Correspondent
April 03, 2024
Punjab Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb speaks during a press conference. — APP/File
Punjab Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb speaks during a press conference. — APP/File

LAHORE: The Punjab government has ordered establishing a wildlife rescue force. In the first phase, the rescue force will consist of trained staff, veterinary ambulances, doctors and rescue vehicles in Khanewal, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that a suite of directives to safeguard and conserve wildlife, have borne fruit. She explained that legislation would be enacted regarding the capture of lions, leopards and wild cats under the Wildlife Act. Prior to the 10-day timeline for the combing operation against illegal possession of animals, continuous operations resulted in the recovery of 11 rare black bears from Sargodha, Nankana Sahib, Bahawalpur, Multan, Gujranwala and DG Khan, she added.

The minister disclosed that the search operations led to the rescue of 96 parrots, 20 monkeys, 85 sparrows, six pheasants, 35 partridges, 45 rosy starlings (Pastor roseus), and 25

peacocks from unlawful captivity.

Additionally, a Bengal tiger was intercepted while being transported from Lahore to Multan. Those found keeping animals illegally were subject to arrest under the amended Wildlife Act of 1973, with fines amounting to Rs712,500 imposed on various offends. She assured that the rescued animals would be temporarily housed in aviaries before being released back into their natural habitats, many of which were endangered. Furthermore, educational lectures and seminars have been conducted in academic institutions to raise public awareness regarding wildlife protection and conservation efforts, she said. Marriyum Aurangzeb stressed that no leniency would be shown towards those unlawfully detaining animals or perpetrating acts of cruelty against them.

Minister, Iranian envoy discuss bilateral ties

Punjab Youth Affairs Minister Malik Faisal Ayub Khokhar visited Iranian Consulate General on Tuesday where he and Iranian Consul General Mehran Movahhedfar discussed the strengthening of friendly bilateral relations and prospects of healthy sports competitions between the two countries.

Speaking on this occasion, Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran will be expanded and cultural and sports programmes will be conducted between the two countries on regular basis. “Joint sports committee between Pakistan and Iran will also be constituted and made functional”. He said that Pakistan and Iran can cooperate with each other in several fields such as sports, culture, education, research, IT, science and technology and this cooperation can play a vital role in the development and prosperity of this region.

Iranian Consul General Mehran Movahhedfar on this occasion said that Pakistan is a country of sports lovers with plenty of talent of different games. “The world's best sports equipment is produced in Pakistan’s city of Sialkot and Pakistan-made footballs are famous all over the world which is definitely a great distinction”.