Forests minister pledges to curb poaching, protect wildlife

Published: September 10, 2018
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I have cautioned all officers of the department that negligence regarding forests and wildlife will not be tolerated, the minister says. PHOTO: FILE

I have cautioned all officers of the department that negligence regarding forests and wildlife will not be tolerated, the minister says. PHOTO: FILE

Balochistan Minister for Forests and Wildlife Ziaullah Langove has said protection of forests and wildlife in the province is his mission.
“We will not allow illegal hunting in Balochistan,” said the forests and wildlife minister while talking to a local news channel on Sunday.

Langove said, “Only a week has passed since I took charge as the minister, but from day one I have cautioned all officers of the department that negligence regarding forests and wildlife will not be tolerated.”

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He said that Balochistan was spread over a vast area of land where “up till now basic necessities of life are not available”.

“There are certain areas in the province where the mercury drops to zero degrees Celsius and in order to stay alive people cut down trees,” he said. “Soon action will be taken on reports received from certain areas about cutting down trees and smuggling them. Complete departmental action will be taken against such elements.”

The provincial minister said, “Massive flocks of Siberian birds migrate to Balochistan. Apart from this, rare animal species are hunted for which legal permits are sought. Giving permission to the Sheikhs of Saudi Arabia for hunting is connected with the foreign policy.”

He pledged to bring visible change in the Balochistan Forest Department within a week.

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