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DNA
January 26, 2020

Govt devising framework to conserve heritage of falconry

Islamabad

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DNA
January 26, 2020

Attock:Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said Pakistan was the home of 50 diverse species of falcons but it lacked legal framework to manage falconry through its preservation. Therefore, the country for the first time was devising a national framework in the light of global experts’ guidance to conserve raptors and centuries old heritage of falconry.

He made these remarks during the field visit to observer hunting birds at the concluding ceremony of three-day Pakistan National Strategic Workshop being carried ‘Conservation of Raptors in Pakistan and Safeguarding of Falconry at Bibla Bandi in Hazro - Attock.

On the occasion Dr Masud Akhtar , Educationist Khalid Mahmood and large number of people from different walks of life were also present.

A Heritage Sport’. Amin said, “Falconry is an ancient sport which gained huge promotion during the Mughal Emperors rule and it is known as ‘King’s Game’.

There is huge potential at the local level to boost falconry which would help Pakistan to curb the serious issue of illegal trade of raptors mainly falcons and other birds of prey.” He said the global experts including Chief Executive Officer of International Conservation of Falconry and Birds of Prey (IAF), President IAF for Asia Region, Head of Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) were invited to participate in the two day workshop held in Islamabad. —